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Students receive Community Impact Grants to benefit their cause

Posted by Ashley Wise on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 @ 11:11 AM

Waynesburg University recently awarded two Community Impact Grants totaling $1,500 to assist students in their fervor to make a difference in the local community.

Travis Barkley, a senior public accounting major from Greensboro, Pa. in partnership with Catnip Acres in Waynesburg, and Jacklynn Collius, a junior history major from Penndel, Pa., were the fall 2012 recipients.

A selection committee, consisting of University faculty, staff and administration, chose 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. Individuals were eligible to apply for a $500 grant and classes, groups or organizations could apply for a $1,000 grant.

Barkley and Catnip Acres received a $1,000 grant for the project, “Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic.” The grant will enable the cat clinic to spay, neuter and provide first line vaccinations to 30 feral cats at Catnip Acres. 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.”

Callius was awarded a $500 individual grant to help purchase archival items for the Greene County Historical Society. Her program, “Preserving the Past,” will preserve historical documents, pictures and letters to offer access for future generations.

“’Preserving the Past’ is a great opportunity for Waynesburg students to become involved with organizing and documenting Greene County’s history,” Brandstetter said.

Grant recipients are required to complete their project within the current academic 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.


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Topics: Waynesburg University, Community Impact Grant, "Preserving the Past", "Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic"