Grace College welcomes largest-ever class

WINONA LAKE — The Grace College 2021 incoming class is one that will go down in school history. This fall, the institution welcomed an all-time high of 471 new students to its campus. Grace’s incoming class is also the most socioeconomically and ethnically diverse since the institution opened in 1937. The school’s overall enrollment totals 1,919 students this semester.

“Our record-breaking new student enrollment goes against all of the foreboding enrollment predictions that came as a result of the pandemic,” Bill Katip, president of Grace College, said. “Despite the wide array of challenges students have faced in the past year, it’s evident that there is still a demand for affordable, Christ-centered education. Meeting that need will remain a strategic pillar and driving force at Grace College.”

All students in the incoming class received financial aid, and more than 25% of them are attending Grace tuition-free through federal, state and institutional grants.

In addition to its financial aid packages, Grace attributes its wave of growth to the expansion of many of its key academic programs.

The School of Behavioral Science grew by 12% after introducing 11 new concentrations that prepare students to meet some of the most urgent needs emerging in the field. These concentrations include addictions counseling, child and family counseling, law enforcement, sports psychology, industrial and organizational psychology and child life psychology.

Grace’s School of Arts and Sciences also saw steady growth after expanding its degree offerings through partnerships. Students can now earn a graduate certificate in corporate communication strategy with Purdue University. In collaboration with John Patrick University, students can get a bachelor’s degree in medical imaging, a master’s of integrative and functional medicine or a master’s in healthcare administration.

Grace is accepting applications for the incoming class of 2022. The free, five-minute Lancer application can be completed at www.grace.edu/apply.

Food collection to be held in Wabash County

Second Harvest Food Bank of ECI will hold a tailgate food distribution event at 11 a.m. Sept. 22 at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, 2147 IN 15, Wabash.

Distribution is while supplies last. All are welcome, regardless of home county or reason for need. No IDs, or proof of address or income is required.

To ensure the safety of volunteers, when food is being placed inside your vehicle, be sure to have an appropriate face covering over your mouth and nose. It’s recommend to have food loaded into your trunk or rear of your vehicle to minimize contact.

For more information and resources for local food pantries in your area, visit www.CureHunger.org.

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry receives donations

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has received a $1,500 grant from NRA Hunters for the Hungry and a $3,000 grant from the 3Rivers Credit Union Foundation to support its “Meat” the Need initiative.

According to Feeding America, approximately 834,500 Indiana residents regularly struggle with food insecurity — 240,000 of which are children. In Northeast Indiana it’s nearly 76,000 residents, of whom 25,000 are children.

Deb Treesh, executive director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, said that the funds received will be used to pay processing fees on donated livestock and deer, with the meat being given to agencies serving food-insecure residents within Indiana.

Donations from both groups combined will provide 15,000 more meals through local hunger relief agencies, according to Treesh.

For more information, visit www.HoosiersFeedingtheHungry.org or call 260-233-1444.

From staff reports

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