WPU + YMCA Partner to support Higher Education Opportunities

Oct 28, 2020

William Peace University and YMCA of the Triangle have developed a collaborative partnership to support the youth of our local community with the intention of fostering better awareness and support of achieving higher educational outcomes. Together these organizations will provide workshops and projects that provide guidance and education on financial aid, applying for college, navigating the research process of selecting the best fit, and scholarship opportunities. 

As part of this endeavor, WPU has created the Y Leadership and Community Service Award scholarship that will be available to YMCA youth development staff. This annual $2,000 scholarship is renewable for up to four years and will be in addition to any academic merit based awards and is open to first-year and transfer students. 

“We are excited to partner with the YMCA of the Triangle through the creation of the Y Leadership and Community Service Award, as well as to offer college search and financial aid information services to those engaged with the Y,” emphasises Dr. Brian Ralph, President of William Peace University. “WPU is committed to the community and believes the YMCA is the perfect partner to deepen our impact. Our focus on students has always been our top priority and to expand these resources and services to others, is invaluable.” 

“WPU is committed to the community and believes the YMCA is the perfect partner to deepen our impact. Our focus on students has always been our top priority and to expand these resources and services to others, is invaluable.”

WPU has a proven track record of providing outstanding immersive learning opportunities to students from all backgrounds and investing in students who have big dreams and want a university to help them achieve those dreams.  An integral part of the success of the ‘Believe in Peace,’ strategic plan are the core values including a focus on students; diversity, inclusion and respect; creativity and innovation; and excellence with integrity. WPU continues to explore innovative partnerships, including this one with the YMCA to serve the community and beyond.

The YMCA of the Triangle is the region’s largest provider of youth programming, and one its areas of impact is Youth Development. The Y nurtures the potential of every child and teen by supporting their unique youth development journey through programming like YMCA Leaders Club, Lightner Y Achievers and YMCA Youth and Government. From cradle to career, the Y provides all youth with the tools and resources they need to succeed in life.

“We’re excited about this new partnership with William Peace University,” said Kate Gross, Senior Director of Teen Programs for the YMCA of the Triangle. “Our commitment to youth and teens in the Triangle fits perfectly with WPU’s efforts in supporting higher education and we can’t wait to see the impact we can have together.”

The partnership will serve YMCA camp counselors and their families’ and impact the Raleigh community through the planned programs, workshops, and scholarships. 

WPU and YMCA have made influential contributions to the community and together will continue to enhance the opportunities of higher education, civic engagement, and brighter futures for all.

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