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National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge

Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
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Project has ended
Project ended on May 18, at 12:00 AM EDT
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National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge

        Help us unlock $100,000    


How it works:   Slippery Rock University's Humanities Ladder program will soon receive an infusion of capital courtesy of a $100,000 Humanities Access Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In order to receive the prestigious grant, SRU must raise a matching $100,000.    We are only $10,000 away from unlocking the $100,000, and the wonderful opportunities it will provide to the next generations of SRU alumni. We need your help to unlock the funding!


Who it benefits: SRU's Humanities Ladder program, an initiative that launched in fall 2015, brings SRU faculty and student mentors into classrooms at Aliquippa High School and Union High School for 10 weeks each semester. The purpose is to introduce students at these underserved schools to subjects they won’t otherwise experience, including: art history, gender studies and philosophy.  The ultimate goal of the program is to help students develop a love of the humanities and feel empowered to attend college. With this program fully implemented in 10th through 12th grade in two high schools, the Humanities Ladder will reach more than 200 students annually with the transformational experiences engendered in studying the humanities, and challenge the endemic forces of poverty or cultural barriers that hinder student success. 


A very special thanks to our early sponsors - PNC Foundation, and The Grable Foundation.


Visit the Stone House Center for Public Humanities at SRU online to learn more.                                         


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College Admissions

Participants in the Humanities Ladder program have reported a 50% increase in their motivation to apply for college admissions.


National Endowment

Help us unlock $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Students Impacted

The Humanities Ladder program impacts 200 students annually - engaging them in transformational experiences, and challenging the endemic forces of poverty and cultural barriers that hinder student success.


Summer Days

Summer 2018 will usher in the first SRU Humanities Ladder Summer Academy. For five days, participating high school students will experience living on a college campus, and taking courses in the Humanities. Learn more about the academy online here:


Founders' Society

Donors to Slippery Rock University at this level are welcomed into the Founders' Society, and among some of the most generous supporters of the University and it's amazing programming - like the Humanities Ladder.

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