VICTORY: University of Virginia Recommits to Funding Low-Income Students

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Last year, the University of Virginia announced plans to slash $6 billion from its budget by decreasing funding for the AccessUVA program, which offers grants to low-income students. That’s why U.Va. alumnus Mary Nguyen Barry teamed up with the organization I Am Not A Loan to start a MoveOn Petition to the U.Va. Board of Visitors, demanding that the school reinstate its no-loan policy for talented, very low-income students. Thanks to the petition’s nearly 9,000 signers, I Am Not A Loan managed to build a massive on-the-ground campaign, speaking to current and prospective U.Va. donors and holding press conferences, town hall meetings, and protests. Their hard work paid off when board member John Griffin offered a $4 million one-to-one matching challenge, with the ultimate goal of infusing $8 million into U.Va. scholarships.

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