As members of the Person-to-Person scholarship program committee finalize selection of the college students who will be awarded a minimum of $1,000 to help pay for tuition, books and other educational expenses, P2P received a $20,000 grant from Oracle.
Colleen Cassity, the senior director of Oracle Corporate Citizenship, said, "Oracle's philanthropy focuses on increasing opportunity, protecting the environment, advancing education, and enriching community life. Person-to-Person is emblematic of our corporate values and we, along with the community of Oracle Volunteers in our Stamford office, are delighted to support P2P."
As part of the agency's mission, P2P's scholarship program helps to bridge the gap between what each student earns and saves and the amount needed to attend college. Eighty percent of the scholarship recipients graduate college.
Danielle Jean-Guillaume Sittol, who manages the Scholarship Program at P2P, said, "Thanks to the generosity of Oracle, up to 20 college students from low-income households will receive a P2P scholarship, many of whom wouldn't be able to pursue their dream of a college education without this financial assistance." She also notes that the scholarships serve to reduce the students' amount of debt after graduation, which is an important consideration that helps to position the graduates for future success.