Elon Academy receives gift from Capital Bank Charitable Foundation

Capital Bank Charitable Foundation made a $3,500 gift to the Elon Academy in December to support the program's financial literacy programs for more than 120 scholars and their families.

Duffie McKee and Ami Hall from Capital Bank presented the gift to Elon Academy staff at the program’s December meeting.

“We are grateful for the support of individuals, businesses, organizations, and foundations, like the Capital Bank Charitable Foundation,” said professor Deborah Long, who directs the Elon Academy. “Through their generosity, we are able to provide our academically promising Alamance County young people and their families with the knowledge, tools, and resources essential to pursuing and achieving a college education.”

In 2007, in collaboration with the Alamance-Burlington School System, Elon University established the Elon Academy, a three-year intensive college access program for academically promising high school students with a financial need and/or no family history of college. Its mission is to inspire students to pursue and earn a postsecondary degree and to assume leadership roles in their communities.

The program includes three 4-week residential summer experiences and year-round monthly Saturday programs on Elon’s campus. Support for the students continues through higher education.

The Academy welcomed 26 scholars and their families to the program in summer 2007. Each year a new cohort of scholars has been added, and with the fifth cohort of scholars in 2011, the Elon Academy will be serving more than 120 scholars and about 300 family members through its Elon Academy Pre-College Program for high school students, a Summer Transitions to College Program for graduated seniors, and the College Success Program for the first cohort of graduates who are now first-year college students.

For more information, visit www.elon.edu/elonacademy.