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Albion College Receives $8 Million Gift for Student Success

Michigan-based Albion College has received a multi-million gift to allow underrepresented, first-generation and other students in need to complete their degrees on time.

The $8 million donation was made by Sarah Cutler and her husband Alexander Cutler, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Eaton Corporation, to create Center for Student Success and Academic Achievement.

The center will provide individual mentoring and faculty curriculum support to students in all stages of their college life, both large and small.

“Successful matriculation is crucial in today’s competitive environment,” Sarah Cutler said.

“With so many competing forces for the attention and priorities of young people today, we find the concept of programs that provide the necessary support to ensure a successful college experience critically important.”

School officials called the gift “very unusual” and an important thing to boost the diversity among students. Albion was ranked 63rd among national liberal arts colleges in the Top Performers on Social Mobility category of U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges ranking.

“This generation of students needs us more than ever to help rise above the challenges that may prevent them from persisting to graduation,” Leroy Wright, Albion’s vice president for student development and dean of students, added.

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