Four students at Housatonic Community College (HCC) have been accepted at Mount Holyoke College, making up 10% of all students accepted through a program that pays for their full tuition.
About a hundred students applied for the competitive Frances Perkins program after undergoing a screening progress at the four-year women’s college in western Massachusetts, according to Carolyn Dietel, director of the Perkins program.
Of these applicants, 40 were accepted — including the four from Housatonic.
Helps older college students
The program is designed for women 25 years and older who have experienced an interruption in their education.
The accepted HCC students are Marisol Blake of Stratford, Nicole DeLibro of Ansonia, Sarah McNamara of Fairfield, and Summer Rose-Pacheco of Naugatuck.
The program was named after Mount Holyoke alumna Frances Perkins, who was President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Labor Secretary and the first female cabinet member in U.S. history.
Ella Grasso was Mount Holyoke grad
Notable Mount Holyoke attendees include former Connecticut Gov. Ella T. Grasso; poet Emily Dickinson; Dr. Virginia Apgar, who developed the Apgar score for evaluating a newborn’s transition to life outside the womb; and Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein.
Mount Holyoke is one of the Seven Sisters, the female counterpart of the male Ivy League colleges. In addition to Mount Holyoke, the six other colleges are Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Radcliffe, Smith, Vassar and Wellesley.
Vassar is now co-educational, while Radcliffe has merged with Harvard.
Mount Holyoke College is located in South Hadley, Mass.
Housatonic Community College is a two-year, state-supported educational institution in Bridgeport that serves parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties.