The Inspire Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving, first-generation students, who are the first in their families to pursue dreams of higher education. Scholarships play a critical role in welcoming students to Endicott from every community, culture, and walk of life. Over 92% of our traditional undergraduates receive institutional financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants. While we’ve worked hard to support our students and their families, there’s more we can do to ensure that finances are not an obstacle for our prospective students.
- According to a report by the Institute for Higher Education Policy, low-income first-generation students are more likely to have unmet financial need and to take on more debt to pay for college.
- Focused financial and social support is critical to helping first-generation students persist and thrive. First-generation students seeking a bachelor’s degree have a 23.5% higher dropout rate, according to a 2022 report released by education data.org.
- Balancing multiple priorities creates additional pressure—according to the Center for First-Generation Student Success, many first-generation college students work part-time or full-time jobs while attending school.
The Endicott experience provides solutions:
- According to the Bureau of Labor, gaining a bachelor’s degree increases a student’s earning potential and grants increased access to a wide range of job opportunities.
- 98% percent of Endicott College graduates in 21–22 reported that they were employed full-time or part-time, volunteering, serving in the armed forces, or continuing education. 66% were employed full-time within 12 months of graduating.
- Your contributions are critical to helping first-generation students overcome financial, academic, cultural, social, mental, and emotional challenges.
“My mom never went to college, so before applying to Endicott, she said, ‘We actually have to go through the numbers and see if it’s manageable.’ Luckily, the Inspire Scholarship helped me a lot.”
“Somebody putting in the effort to help me go to college...makes me more driven to want the career, makes me more driven to work for it.”
“I want to be an inspiration to others. Just giving back, that’s the big thing for me. Give back.”
When you invest in the Inspire Scholarship, you make Endicott a better place. Endicott deeply values the unique perspectives that our students bring to campus. Your support of the Inspire Scholarship expands our horizons beyond our own experiences, encourages us to find creative and innovative solutions to complex problems, and ignites our passion for pursuing excellence in all that we do.
Your contributions ensure that prospective students have the resources they need to not only belong, but also to excel at Endicott College. Faculty, staff, and fellow students make our community a place where all can achieve their goals—from the Center for Belonging, which celebrates all students' identities and perspectives; to the Wellness Center, which provides physical and mental health care; to the Career & Internship Center, which gives students tools to succeed beyond the classroom, and much more.