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A few things having to do with Claiborne Pell

September 22, 2011

The late Claiborne Pell had a long and distinguished career as a US senator. And it takes a special kind of political genius to get your name attached to a long-lived grant program for college students.

Speaking of Pell grants, the office of Senator Jack Reed sends the following word.

In an effort to ensure that hardworking young people can afford the rising cost of college, the full Senate Appropriations Committee voted 15-13 late last night to maintain the maximum Pell grant award of $5,550. 

U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, helped lead the effort to preserve Pell grants and called the vote a “significant victory for our students and critical to the competitiveness of our economy.”

“Pell Grants are a key source of funding for students who have the talent but not the financial means to go to college.  This program is vital to maintaining a highly educated workforce and keeping college affordable for millions of working families,” said Reed.  “We must ensure that these grants keep up with the rising cost of college, so this generation can continue to compete in the global economy.  I am pleased my colleagues have recognized the importance of maintaining funding and will continue working to ensure qualified students have access to the financial aid they need.”

This year, over 9 million students nationwide, including 36,000 Rhode Islanders will benefit from Pell grants.

On a related note, a copy of ProJo scribe G. Wayne Miller’s Pell biography, An Uncommon Man, landed on our desk this week. I’m looking forward to reading it.

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