News Release

Laurie E. Bick-Jensen
Director, Public Relations
320 DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 295-1164

Wilmington University to Provide Scholarships for Homeless Students

Wilmington University announced that it will work with Delaware’s 22 school districts to provide scholarships for their homeless students beginning fall 2013.

The University will provide a scholarship in the amount of $1000 per term to one student from each of the 22 districts to supplement federal Pell Grants in covering the cost of tuition, books, and incidentals. It will be a recurring undergraduate scholarship. In order to maintain their eligibility, students must remain on full-time status with a 3.0 grade point average.

Currently, there are approximately 200 homeless students in each of the 22 Delaware school districts. Wilmington University is actively collaborating with social workers or liaisons in each district to select those who would most benefit from the scholarship program. 

“We are investing in these students because we believe that education is the key to their future,” said Dr. Erin J. DiMarco, Vice President for Academic Support Services. “Our one hope is that each recipient will pay forward what has been given to them.” 

Wilmington University recognized the need for such scholarships in the community and made the decision to reach out to students selected for this opportunity. The faculty and staff will help these students to apply for grants and seek post-graduation employment through the University’s Career Services Department. “We want each student to be able to fully concentrate on his or her studies and focus on attaining academic success,” said Dr. DiMarco.  “We will provide them with as much support as possible to reach that goal.”

About Wilmington University

Wilmington University is a private, nonprofit university committed to providing flexible, career-oriented traditional and online undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs and offering small class sizes, individualized attention and affordable tuition. For more information, contact Wilmington University at 302-356-INFO (4636), via email at or visit our web site at

Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 - New Castle, DE