Wellesley Connects Receives Grant from Fund for Wellesley

The Fund for Wellesley recently awarded a grant for $4,400 to Wellesley Connects to further its program bridging the opportunity gap for first generation college-bound Wellesley High School (WHS) juniors and seniors in order to make college and post-secondary plans a success. The program, in collaboration with the WHS Guidance staff, is under the umbrella of Wellesley Friendly Aid.

Wellesley Friendly Aid Board members Margot Lansing and Sharon Kiernan initiated the program in an effort to level the playing field for students who are the first in their family to apply to college in the United States.  Each student is invited to join Wellesley Connects in the fall of junior year and will work with a mentor through senior year. 

In January, 11 students and their individual mentors met over supper at the high school. Since that time students and mentors have participated in workshops about financial aid and SAT prep. They also visited Babson College and Mass Bay Community College for campus tours. 

For more information on Wellesley Connects, visit www.wellesleyconnects.com or contact Margot Lansing or Sharon Kiernan at wellesleyconnects@gmail.com or call Wellesley Friendly Aid, 781-235-3960.