The McClure Foundation awards $450,000 for higher education in Vermont

The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation announced over $450,000 in support of programs to further the Foundation’s mission of improving access to college and career education for all Vermonters. The bulk of the grants will serve ongoing programs and new initiatives at the Community College of Vermont (CCV), which enrolled over 6,100 Vermonters last fall.

The McClure Foundation, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, is one of several philanthropic entities offering continuing support for the Introduction to College Studies program offered at CCV’s 12 Vermont locations. The course assists high school juniors and seniors in developing their study skills and exposing them to college expectations. Upon successfully completing the course, high school students receive a voucher for one free college course at CCV; the University of Vermont; Vermont Tech; Castleton, Lyndon, or Johnson State College.

“It’s a privilege to build upon ongoing programs such as Introduction to College Studies that are serving students statewide,” noted Barbara Benedict, the Foundation’s vice president. “In addition, we collaborate with public stakeholders and practitioners in the field and with other generous, innovative funders to develop timely new initiatives to improve outcomes for Vermonters.”  The Foundation hosts a “Pathways to Promising Careers” resource on its website,

“The incredible care and thought with which the McClure Foundation supports career-building and postsecondary education initiatives in Vermont rings true with the spirit of giving practiced by the McClure family,” says Stuart Comstock-Gay, president & CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation. “By funding these programs, the beliefs of the late J. Warren McClure live on. As Mr. McClure said: ‘We have received, we have given; and it is only in giving that we have influence beyond the span of our own lives.’”

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