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Westport foundation gives $500,000 to benefit Housatonic Community College students

February 2, 2018 GMT

BRIDGEPORT — Housatonic Community College has received a two-year, half million grant from a Westport philanthropic foundation to fund scholarships, a program to enhance economic security for families and a men’s center at the two-year-college.

This is not the first time the Allison Foundation Scholarship Fund has given to Housatonic. An initial gift of $400,000 during the 2012-13 academic year helped fund general scholarships for students who otherwise would lack financial resources to pursue higher education.

The new grant will be used to support three initiatives of the Housatonic Community College Foundation, the Bridgeport community college’s philanthropic arm.

Some $80,000 annually over two years will fund general scholarships. Another $130,000 each year will help sustain a HCC Family Economic Security Program, helping HCC students manage the competing pressures of pursuing higher education while earning a family-sustaining income. And $40,000 each year will help establish a part-time coordinator position for the Housatonic Men’s Center.