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Champlain College announces the Vermont First Scholarships

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.- Champlain College has created a new, need-based scholarship program that will broaden access to a bachelors degree for Vermonters who are first-generation college students. The Vermont First Scholarships will help those students who are the first in their family to attend college.Targeted at college-bound high school seniors, applicants must qualify for admission to Champlain College, plan to enroll as a full-time, undergraduate student, and be eligible for the Pell Grant Program. This scholarship, in combination with expected family contribution, federal and state programs to include work-study, student loans, grants and other gift aid, will provide funding for up to the full cost of attendance at Champlain College. The Vermont First Scholarship is renewable for a students four years at Champlain.”We’re pleased to extend this scholarship opportunity to a special population of Vermont students,” said Champlain College President David F. Finney. “We know there can be additional barriers for first-generation college students to attend college, and we’d like to break down those barriers.”Finney added, “We’re confident that this new scholarship program-along with programs such as the New American Student Scholarship and Single Parents Program provides access to higher education for deserving students who will become highly skilled members of Vermont’s workforce and communities.”In its inaugural semester, the New American Student Scholarship currently helps 11 students with refugee or asylum status study at Champlain College. Initiated in 1987, Champlain’s Single Parents Program has served more than 500 students through the years and currently enrolls 40 single parents.Students interested in the Vermont First Scholarships are encouraged to make an appointment with a representative in Champlain’s admissions office at 163 South Willard Street in Burlington. The office can be reached at (800) 570-5858 and admission@champlain.edu(link sends e-mail). High school counselors and VSAC counselors are encouraged to forward nominations for the Vermont First Scholarship to the admissions office as well.last_img read more

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Study: Clean energy shift promises global growth

first_imgStudy: Clean energy shift promises global growth FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Strong action to combat climate change could cumulatively add at least $26 trillion to the world economy by 2030, according to a study on Wednesday which seeks to dispel fears that a shift from fossil fuels will undermine growth.President Donald Trump, for instance, said last year that he will pull the United States out of a global climate pact called the Paris Agreement because it would impose what he called “draconian financial and economic burdens” on his country.By contrast, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, which includes former heads of government, business leaders and economists, said there was “unprecedented momentum” toward greener growth that would boost jobs and countries’ economies. Bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in net cumulative benefits from now until 2030 compared with business as usual, it said.“There’s still a perception that moving toward a low-carbon path would be costly,” lead author Helen Mountford told Reuters. “What we are trying to do with this report is once and for all put the nails in the coffin on that idea.”A shift from fossil fuels to cleaner energies such as wind and solar power would avoid 700,000 premature deaths from air pollution in 2030, it added. The report recommended high prices on carbon dioxide emissions of $40-$80 per tonne by 2020 in major economies.More: Greener growth could add $26 trillion to world economy by 2030: studylast_img read more

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Belle Sand showing capability at libero position for Syracuse

first_img Published on September 16, 2015 at 11:20 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer In the middle of a difficult 2014 season, head coach Leonid Yelin admitted that one of his team’s many issues was the lack of a high-caliber libero.The Orange (6-2) lacked stability at the position with three different players — Dana Crispi, Melina Violas, and Belle Sand — all getting looks at the spot.Now, that problem has disappeared. With Violas graduated and Crispi having transferred, Sand has increased her level of play and developed a stronghold on the position. She’s played all 30 sets through eight games so far this season and has everybody recognizing her advances.“It feels good that, you know, Coach has seen my improvements from last year,” Sand said. “And also my teammates, you can tell they feel more comfortable with me on the court.”Sand has increased her digs per set from 2.68 last year to 3.57 this year, which puts her right outside the Top 10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in that statistic.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRedshirt senior outside hitter Nicolette Serratore has enjoyed having a reliable presence in the back row.“She’s just a lot more stable this year with everything she’s doing, and it’s really great to be able to trust her as a libero and kind of let her take balls from us so that we can focus on hitting,” Serratore said.At Mabel-Canton (Minnesota) High School, Sand, who stands at 5-foot-6, was an outside hitter. She recognized that she was too short to continue playing the position and decided to become a libero, a position that she had always wanted to play anyway.After walking on to the team, Sand had to learn an entirely new position at a much higher level of play.“Going from high school to this level is a huge leap. I mean, balls are hit harder and they’re coming faster at you,” Sand said.There was a big learning curve for Sand, and she started slowly at the beginning of last season. She eventually received more playing time toward the end of the year. She credits last year’s opportunities, as well as a spring training session that focused heavily on defense, as key reasons for her improvements this season.“At any position you’ll play, if you play it enough during practice and stuff, you’ll become a lot more comfortable with it,” Sand said. “And like last year, last year I was getting used to the position and just this year, it feels way more comfortable then it did last year.”Sand was also quick to heap praise on the rest of her teammates, noting that strong chemistry between the entire back row has helped her — and the team — improve the level of play.Senior setter Gosia Wlaszczuk has also noticed Sand’s improvements from last season.“She’s way better than last season. I think she’s way more confident, which she needed, because in the beginning, you know, she was a freshman, and she was competing for her spot with a senior, which might be overwhelming,” said Wlaszczuk.The Orange will play three games at home this upcoming weekend — its first home matches of the season — before starting ACC play next Friday, Sept. 25th.Sand knows that in order to maintain her role as the lead libero — and help the team maintain its strong start to the season — she’s going to have to continue to improve.“As a defensive specialist you just want to be the loudest on the court. You control the back row, you control the defense, like that is your job to do that,” Sand said.“I just gotta improve on that that and keep getting better everyday.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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