Program Awards and Achievements

Program Achievements

  • The program began in 1988 with a group of 45 African American and Latino college-bound students. In 1993, the first Lancaster Partnership Program cohort graduated from JP McCaskey High School. From 1988 to 2009 there was a 62% increase in participation in higher education for the African American and Latino population in the School District of Lancaster.
  • Lancaster Partnership students have attended nearly 100 postsecondary institutions other than Millersville University; noted institutions include: Bloomsburg University; Cheyney University; Delaware State University; Drexel University; Fordham University; Franklin & Marshall College; Howard University; John Hopkins University; Kutztown University; Lincoln University; Morehouse University; Penn State University; Syracuse University; University of Pennsylvania , West Chester University and University of Pittsburgh.
  • Since 1993, over 2.2 million dollars of corporate financial aid have been awarded to Lancaster Partnership Program students. Additionally, more than 1 million dollars continues to be generated yearly in other scholarship and financial aid revenues for students by the Lancaster Partnership Program.
  • Since 1993, the Lancaster Partnership Program in partnership with the School District of Lancaster has received a total of $3,897,213 in grant funds.

Program Awards

  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Task Force: “Best” Equal Employment Opportunity Policies, Programs, and Practices in the Private Sector, (Armstrong World Industries, Inc.), 1997.
  • The Lancaster Branch NAACP Appreciation and Recognition Award, 1997 and 1991.
  • Exemplary Voluntary Efforts Award (EVE), Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Washington, D.C., (Armstrong World Industries, Inc.), 1996.
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Recognition Award for School/College Partnerships, 1993.
  • CASE (Counsel for Advancement and Support of Education), Gold Medal Award for High School and College Partnerships, 1989.

Partnerships

  • U.S Department of Education, "Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)" for helping disadvantaged children in middle school prepare for and get on the pathway to achieving success in college, with the School District of Lancaster and Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 2015.
  • U.S Department of Education, "Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)" for helping disadvantaged children in middle school prepare for and get on the pathway to achieving success in college, with the School District of Lancaster and Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 2011-2018.
  • U.S Department of Education, "Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)" for helping disadvantaged children in middle school prepare for and get on the pathway to achieving success in college, with the School District of Lancaster and Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 2005-2011.
  • U.S Department of Education, "Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)" for helping disadvantaged children in middle school prepare for and get on the pathway to achieving success in college, with the School District of Lancaster and Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 1999-2005.

Grants Awarded

  • National School and Business Partnerships Award, 2006, $10,000.
  • "William Randolph Hearst Foundations Scholarship Grant" is a scholarship fund that will help Lancaster Partnership students enrolled at Millersville University with the additional financial means to complete their college education, 2004 & 2006, $200,000.
  • "Verizon Grant", focusing on after school tutoring and skills development workshops for Lancaster Partnership students enrolled in the high school portion of the program, 2001-2003, $15,000.
  • The State System of Higher Education Grant, "Latino Family Circle" for increasing the retention of Lancaster Partnership Latino students enrolled at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 1999-2000, $5000.
  • The State System of Higher Education Grant, "Latino Family Circle" for increasing the retention of Lancaster Partnership Latino students enrolled at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 1998-1999, $5000.
  • The State System of Higher Education Grant, "Project Challenge" focusing on increasing the number of African-American and Latino males participating in the high school portion of the program, the pursue higher education, 1997-1998, $15,000.
  • The State System of Higher Education Grant, "Project Challenge" focusing on increasing the number of African-American and Latino males participating in the high school portion of the program, the pursue higher education, 1996-1997, $15,000.