Hofstra University’s Student Access Services (SAS) Office has received a $25,000 grant from the Whelan Foundation to offset the enrollments costs for students in the Program for Academic Learning Skills (PALS). Specifically, five students in the program will receive need-based support so they can pursue their academic goals at Hofstra. The Whelan Foundation began its support of Hofstra’s PALS in 2013 and has awarded grants to the program every year since.
Hofstra’s PALS was one of the first comprehensive programs offered to accepted students who have a documented disability, and it is designed to assist them with developing reading, writing, critical thinking skills. This year’s Whelan Foundation grant will subsidize the enrollment fee for the program that helps cover the cost of a learning specialist who stays with the student from first year to graduation. Additionally, some of the grant money from the Whelan Foundation is being used to endow a scholarship that will live on in perpetuity and assist future classes of PALS students.
“I am very pleased with our relationship with the Whelan Foundation. Their generosity has greatly supported our efforts to enhance our students’ experience at Hofstra and their access to campus and curriculum,” said Julie Yindra, director of Services for Students with Disabilities at Hofstra University.
The Whelan Foundation has a mission of providing funding and support to not-for-profit organizations across Long Island, particularly for the needs of the region’s youth.
Hofstra was one of the first universities in the United States to have an accessible campus in the 1960s. Today, more than 500 students with disabilities are supported with initiatives such as PALS, academic coaching, advocacy support, assistive technology and residence halls accommodations.