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Mellon Foundation Provides Grants for Prison Education Services

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded 15 emergency grants totaling $1.5 million to help providers of higher education in prisons. According to the press release, “The grants will allow incarcerated students across the nation to continue learning while in-person instruction is paused as part of ongoing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. … Prison education providers will use the grants to experiment with virtual classrooms, retain key staff, and plan for 2020–21 instruction.”

“The Mellon Foundation believes in each and every student’s humanity,” says Elizabeth Alexander, the foundation’s president. “Expanding access to higher education is an essential step in the creation of a more just and equitable society. Millions of our fellow human beings are incarcerated in US prisons, and these grants will help ensure that even during the COVID crisis, these students have meaningful educational support as they pursue new knowledge and ideas.”

For more information, read the press release. 

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