NEW BRITAIN – The Robert T. Kenney Scholarship Program at the American Savings Foundation and Wheeler have joined together to offer extra support for students perusing higher education with a new Scholar Assistance Program.
The Program, which will provide additional support to recipients of the Robert T. Kenney Scholarship Program, was designed by Wheeler’s team. Modeled after similar programs offered nationally, this is the first Scholar Assistance Program in Connecticut.
“Because most of our Robert T. Kenney Scholars receive this award for all four years of college, we see some of the mental health challenges our scholars face in any given year. This year, we realize that due to covid, some students are dealing with greater stress than ever,” said Maria Falvo, President & CEO of the American Savings Foundation. “Through Wheeler, this Scholar Assistance Program will give our Scholars access to an incredibly valuable resource for free, if they need to reach out for support.”
Robert T. Kenney Scholars will have access to a number of services through the Scholar Assistance Program including, Telephone crisis intervention via a toll-free number, 24-hours a day; up to three confidential counseling sessions per issue or event; and coordination of services for students referred to treatment beyond the three visits covered through the program.
For students who attend college out of state Wheeler will provide virtual sessions so they will have access to services while they are not in Connecticut. They will also provide referrals for in-person sessions for out-of-state students who prefer that option if possible.
“The Scholar Assistance Program will help Robert T. Kenney Scholars with everyday challenges that may include anxiety, depression, relationship or family issues, school-related stress, or other issues requiring additional support. This innovative resource will help scholars to manage their challenges so that they can focus on their academic studies, and other aspects of their lives, and work productively toward their goals,” said Judith Stonger, Vice President of Prevention, Wellness and Recovery at Wheeler.
These Scholars will have access to these services through the end of the calendar year.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this pilot program through our partnership with Wheeler.” said Heather Hokunson, Program Officer at the American Savings Foundation. “We hope that any of our Robert T. Kenney Scholars who could benefit from this extra support will reach out through the confidential Scholar Assistance Program hotline, so that nothing deters them from achieving their dream of a college education.”
To learn more about the program and how to access services visit the Foundation’s website at www.asfdn.org .