Travis Barkley, a senior public accounting major at Waynesburg University, and Catnip Acres in Waynesburg were awarded a $1,000 Community Impact Grant to help stray cats.
The grant will enable Catnip Acres to spay, neuter and provide first line vaccinations to 30 feral cats. The mission of Catnip Acres is to eliminate the pain and suffering associated with cat overpopulation in Southwestern Pennsylvania, specifically Greene County.
“Catnip Acres is dedicated to caring for cats in Greene County,” said Sarah Brandstetter, coordinator of Waynesburg University’s Bonner Scholar Program. “With the assistance of our students and this grant, this project could stop the unneeded destruction of up to nearly 1,500 stray cats.”
Each semester, Waynesburg University students are presented with the opportunity to apply for a grant intended to positively impact the community. As an institution founded on the key principles of faith, service and learning, community development and interaction are essential components of Waynesburg’s mission.
Individuals were able to apply for a $500 grant and classes, groups or organizations could apply for a $1,000 grant. Grant recipients are required to complete their project within the current academic school year and are eligible for one award per school year. Candidates were required to fill out an application that included a budget and a recommendation from a non-family member.
A selection committee, consisting of University faculty, staff and administration, selected the recipients based on the project’s value to the community, the project’s fundamental short- and long-term impact and the project’s planning and implementation process.
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