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VSAC receives grant from J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation

School-based & regional training will focus on new personalized learning plans

WINOOSKI (July 6, 2015) – Vermont Student Assistance Corp., celebrating 50 years of helping Vermonters pursue education after high school, has been selected to receive a $60,000 grant from the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation.

The VSAC grant will be used to provide professional development training for middle schools, high schools and supervisory unions on implementing personalized learning plans, a key component of Act 77, also known as Flexible Pathways.

“We thank the McClure Foundation for this grant and for their unwavering support of education in Vermont,” said Scott Giles, president and CEO of VSAC. “This grant allows VSAC to continue its assistance to educators in moving forward with personalized learning plans that are focused on building and realizing a student’s education, training and career aspirations.”

Personalized learning plans are designed to help students achieve academic success, be prepared for postsecondary opportunities and engage actively in civic life.  Implementation will begin in the fall with seventh and ninth graders. Schools will initiate a process for students to identify their goals, learning styles and abilities and align this with the school’s academic expectations and student’s pathway toward graduation.

The J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation collaborates with educators, organizations and philanthropists to improve and promote postsecondary and career education opportunities within the state with the conviction that through this work Vermont’s most important resource — its people — will become more fully empowered. The McClure Foundation is a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation.


About J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation

The J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation is a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation. The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and effective. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments in the community. Visit or call 802-388-3355 for more information.

About VSAC – Changing Lives through Education and Training since 1965

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is a public, nonprofit agency established by the Vermont Legislature in 1965 to help Vermonters achieve their education and training goals after high school. VSAC serves students and their families in grades 7-12, as well as adults returning to school, by providing education and career planning services, need-based grants, scholarships and education loans. VSAC has awarded more than $600 million in grants and scholarships for Vermont students, and also administers Vermont’s 529 college savings plan. Share your VSAC story by email to myVSACstory@vsac.orgor submit a video to YouTube. Find us at or check in on Facebook and Twitter. #changing lives

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