Merced College said the Educational Employees Credit Union is joining the college's Community Services office to provide scholarships for local youngsters to enroll in this summer's College for Kids program.
"EECU is committed to local education programs like this," said Joe Doyland, EECU's regional business development officer. "We are very supportive of College for Kids and believe our partnership will allow many more youth to attend this import summer enrichment program."
EECU will match College for Kids scholarship contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $7,500. "We're very pleased to have EECU partner with us," said Community Services director Chris Vitelli. "We serve more than 1,000 local youth each summer. Providing scholarships is a great way to help kids whose families may not be able to send them to College for Kids."
Vitelli said that successful fundraising campaign netting $15,000 will provide for scholarships for 250 students.
Since 1976, Community Services has given local youth opportunities for summer enrichment, education and adventure through College for Kids, according to a news release. The program gives participants the opportunity to gain exposure to a college campus and increase their aspiration to one day enroll in college and obtain a degree. It also helps students develop new skills to help improve school performance and it increases their knowledge of career opportunities and requirements.
Further, Vitelli said in the news release that students often develop a greater self respect and understanding and respect for others while surrounding themselves in a positive atmosphere and safe environment. "With a community struggling economically and families finding it difficult to provide the funds for their children to engage in extracurricular activities, we hope that local residents will consider supporting this dynamic program," Vitelli said.
Donations to College for Kids are tax deductible through the Merced College Foundation by calling (209) 381-6470. For more information about College for Kids, call Community Services at (209) 384-6224.