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US Bancorp Foundation has made a $4,000 contribution to the Scioto Foundation’s UCAN (University/College Access Network) program. According to Scioto Foundation Executive Director Kim Cutlip, the contribution will assist the Foundation’s efforts to provide annual mini-grants of $1,000 to each Scioto County high school.

The mini-grants are used as stipends to offset the costs of student Advanced Placement exams, in addition to pre-college ACT, PSAT, SAT, Explore and Plan tests and preparation materials. Cutlip said the mini-grant program is offered as a key component of the Foundation’s UCAN program which helps students prepare and achieve in college through rigorous high school courses and pre-tests.

“Supporting programming that helps our students succeed in school and prepare for ongoing educational opportunities is just one way we help meet the diverse needs of our communities,” Donna Burton, branch manager of the Portsmouth US Bank, said.

“The board and staff of the Scioto Foundation are so pleased and thankful that US Bancorp has chosen to support the Foundation’s University College Access Network UCAN program,” Cutlip said. “Donations from local businesses, foundations and individuals are key to the future of the program. We are so happy that US Bancorp shares the UCAN vision that one day any student that wishes to attend college will have the financial resources to do so.”

Cutlip said the majority of the Scioto County high schools have taken advantage of the mini-grant program provided by the Foundation for the past four years. The original UCAN plan will continue for one more year, but the Scioto Foundation is currently involved in a fundraising campaign to extend it on a permanent basis.

The UCAN program fits US Bancorp Foundation grant guidelines which Burton says aims to provide financial support to non-profits seeking to address issues and needs impacting communities in which the banks are located.

Burton said US Bancorp Foundation supports educational programs and efforts that promote academic achievements, among them, innovative programs that help low-income at-risk students succeed in school and prepare for post-secondary educations, according to its grant guidelines.

Further information about the UCAN program may be obtained by contacting the Scioto Foundation staff at 740-354-4612 or by visiting its website at www.sciotofoundation.org.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com

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