Notre Dame College Receives Donations in Support of First Generation Student Programs

Notre Dame College has received two donations in support of its innovative mentoring program for students who are the first in their families to attend college.

The College’s First Generation, or FirstGen, Center has been gifted $50,000 from Malcolm E. Kenney, Ph.D., a Cleveland-area chemist and inventor, and has earned a small starting grant from the Omnova Solutions Foundation.

The gift from Kenney is renewable, subject to program performance, while the grant from Omnova is to provide textbook support for low-income students in the FirstGen Center.

Through the center, the College brings those who are the first in their families to attend college together in common courses and with community mentors. The intensive, comprehensive mentoring program provides resources, support services and a network of advisors to help these students persist to graduation and successfully transition from to careers.

The College officially launched the program in fall 2016 following a successful pilot program the year before.

An expert in photodynamic therapy treatments of cancer, Kenney has received nearly 20 patents. He serves as the Hurlbut Professor of Chemistry at Case Western Reserve University and the university’s Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

OMNOV Solutions uses polymer science to develop innovative solutions in its international performance chemicals and engineered surfaces business units.

December 2016


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Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.




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