- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Wesleyan College has been awarded a $10 million U.S. Department of Education grant - the largest award in the school’s 124-year history.

The award announced Thursday by the college is aimed at expanding the school’s capacity to serve low-income students. The five-year grant will help West Virginia Wesleyan achieve that goal by improving and strengthening academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability.

The grant will support improved student services, academic instruction, enhanced faculty development and classroom renovations.

A goal of the grant is to improve achievement among low-income students in terms of graduate rates and retention.

Wesleyan President Pamela Balch called the grant “the dream of every college president in the United States.”

One half of Wesleyan’s 1,520 students are from West Virginia.

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