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Hamilton Family Grant Boosts Student Access to Digital Communication Opportunities

Posted on 2/17/2021 9:22:14 AM

A $100,000 grant awarded by the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust in late 2020 will benefit Communication and Marketing students within Cabrini’s School of Business, Arts, and Media. Scholarships funded by the grant will be available to students during the 2021–22 and 2022–23 academic years.

“This generous award will enable the University's Communication students to prepare for the digital communication careers that are in high demand today, while serving the interests of the public through their focus on communication for the common good,” said Dawn M. Francis, EdD (ʼ93), Chair and Associate Professor of Communication. “Always with an eye to the future and with the financial support of funders like the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust, the department has consistently graduated students who are competitively positioned against the best journalism and media communication graduates in the nation.”

In order to apply to become a Hamilton Scholar, students must major in Communication; Digital Communication and Social Media; or Marketing with a minor in Communication or Digital Communication and Social Media. Eligible students must also have at least a sophomore standing with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and demonstrate financial need. Details on how to apply to become a Hamilton Scholar will be announced later this spring.

The Hamilton Family Communication Wing in Founder’s Hall supports curricular and co-curricular efforts of the Communication Department by providing students with access to technology and resources for sharpening skills throughout the print, digital, radio, video, and social media landscapes. Both inside and outside the Hamilton Wing, Cabrini’s Communication Department continually reshapes its curriculum as digital and legacy media evolve. Students in the department benefit from real world opportunities in journalism and other communication and promote understanding, compassion, and action toward the common good.

The Hamilton Family Charitable Trust comprises two generations of the Hamilton family with a long history of philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. Since 1992, the family has been committed to improving educational opportunities for children and youth, a mission established by Dorrance (Dodo) Hamilton (1928–2017), mother and grandmother of the family Trustees. The family convenes multiple times annually to honor this legacy, supporting myriad programs that enhance the lives of the young people they serve.


About Cabrini University

Founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cabrini University is a Catholic institution that empowers students to become advocates of social change through an Education of the Heart, focusing on academic excellence, community engagement, and leadership development.

Cabrini enrolls approximately 1,550 undergraduates in more than 40 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations, and minors on its serene 112-acre campus located 30 minutes from Philadelphia. The University also enrolls 525 students in graduate, doctoral, and professional studies programs at its main campus in Radnor, PA, and at five off-campus locations.