Drury University's Monett campus will benefit from $15,000 in grant money, which, in part, will be used to help renovate the campus' new site at 400 Fourth St. in the old First United Methodist Church building.
"We are continually pursuing the goal of making the Monett campus an academic leader within the community," said Dr. Laura Plybon, director of assessment and instructional director, who wrote the two grant applications with Ann Saunders, assistant director of the Monett campus.
In addition to funding renovation work, a sizable portion of the grant money will be used to advance the Hispanic Initiative at the Monett campus.
The goal of the innovative program is to focus on reaching Hispanic students by providing culturally and career-relevant academic and educational services. As a result, Hispanic students and their families receive the resources that are necessary to integrate social, cultural and economic capabilities into the community.
"Drury's presence in Monett is helping to change the face of the community," said Saunders. "Individuals who live and work in the community now have the opportunity to obtain college degrees in Monett.
"Their lives and their family's lives are positively impacted through education," Saunders added.
For more information on Drury University's Monett campus, call 235-2007 or visit http://www.drury.edu/section/section.cfm....