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OnPoint for College grant helps make higher education accessible

Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli secured a $10,000 state grant for OnPoint College.

The grant will be used to send about 300 students off to their first year of college with bedding supplies and a backpack filled with supplies, including a calculator, notebook, alarm clock, dictionary, and toiletries. OnPoint is also using the grant to help finance enrollment and housing deposits for students with financial need.

"As students came to us for help, we did not have to turn anyone away because we couldn't help them with enrollment fees, housing deposits or supplies," said Virginia Donohue, founder and executive director of OnPoint for College, Inc. "Everyone that came to us, we were able to help."

OnPoint helped 1,789 students enroll in 170 colleges and universities since 1999. Ninety-eight percent of the students are the first in their family to go to college. OnPoint staff and mentors help the college students through the enrollment process all the way through college with tutoring, transportation, housing and supplies.

"OnPoint for College is an outstanding local non-profit that helps relieve the stress of economic and environmental barriers for local students from low-income families," Magnarelli said . "It is a pleasure to see a state grant being used to help students who have struggled and continue to struggle against the odds to pursue their higher education."

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