DANVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) — Staff at Centre College are celebrating the news of a grant to help students pursue higher education regardless of background. It happens to be the largest grant in the college’s history.

A $20 million grant for student scholarships coming from the Schuler Foundation was instantly matched by an anonymous donor. Over the next decade, the college will raise $10 million more, equaling $50 million for student scholarships. This means the college can welcome more than 120 students who may need extra help affording college, and the opportunities that come with it.

Centre College senior Alexis Skiles is a Grissom Scholar. She said scholarships like these really put students ahead of the game during college, and afterward.

“As a first-generation college student, I’m very excited to hear about this grant. It’s going to give amazing opportunities that I’ve had the opportunity to have at Centre College, and it’s very exciting to see that they’ll have these opportunities,” Skiles said.

Centre College associate dean and director of the Grissom scholars program Sarah Scott sees the positive impact grants and scholarships have on students. She said it is a cause for celebration of great things to come.

“There just aren’t words for how thrilled we are. It’s part of our strategic mission to increase the number of Pell recipients to 25% in 5 years,” Scott said.  

The Schuler education foundation is working with up to 20 liberal arts colleges, planning to spend $500 million over the next 10 years.