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Prescott College to charge fee to pay for undocumented student scholarship

Prescott College will offer a full scholarship for one undocumented student starting in the 2016-17 academic year. The scholarship is made possible by the Freedom Education Fund – an undergraduate student’s Senior Project, a student-led campaign to collect a fee paid by on-campus students, and institutional aid provided by the college.

The Freedom Education Fund began as the senior project of student Miriel Manning, with the aim to raise enough money to help an undocumented student pay for tuition at Prescott College. Manning’s efforts to raise funds gained momentum among the on-campus student population, and soon students brought a petition signed by a majority of their peers to the administration asking for a $30 semester fee to support the scholarship.

“Prescott College offers an experiential, interdisciplinary education that teaches our students how to make the change they want to see in the world,” Prescott College Provost, Paul Burkhardt said. “We are very proud of the way one student found a cause they cared about and rallied support from their fellow-students to help someone in need. We need more leaders with that kind of charitable spirit.”

As a private, nonprofit organization, Prescott College does not receive any federal or state funding. Tuition and investments from alumni and friends make up the operational budget. “Private investment is needed in order to offer scholarships,” explained College President John Flicker. “In fact, most of our scholarships are supported by philanthropic donations. Whether it’s this scholarship or others, we need more people to invest so we can make our transformative, hands-on education dedicated to the environment and social justice accessible to more people.”

The fee was requested by on-campus students only, and will not be implemented for students in the distance programs offered at the college. Individual students may request an exception to the fee. The college offers scholarships to students from Arizona in particular, but also from across the nation and world. Students interested in applying for the Freedom Education Fund scholarship should contact Admissions at 928-350-2100 or Financial Aid at 928-350-1111.

Anyone interested in building the Freedom Education Fund can donate at, or contact Miriel Manning at to get involved.


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