RAM Initiative (Real Achievement Matters)



Dear Friends,

Real Achievement Matters for our students with intellectual disabilities, and their families, where a dream of attending college becomes a reality. Real Achievement Matters for West Chester University, where we embrace our commitment, and expand the true meaning of diversity and inclusion on our campus.

This commitment became a reality two years ago when the University launched the RAM Initiative program, a pilot program to provide a full college immersion experience for one to two non-degree seeking students per year who have intellectual disabilities. Through funding from the Pennsylvania Inclusive Higher Education Forum and the United States Department of Education Transition and Post-Secondary Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities grant, the program accepted its first two students.

As the pilot program is nearing completion, the University must ensure that it has planned for the program continuation with or without such funding. Our estimated ongoing direct and indirect costs will increase to $100,000 each year to sustain the RAM Initiative.

Our combined goal is to achieve a sustainable program for years to come. With the tremendous amount of internal and external support for the RAM Initiative pilot, we are confident we will be able to raise the money necessary to support the program through a combination of charitable contributions, grant acquisition, and University support.

This can only be achieved with a partnership between the University, the Foundation, our RAM Initiative families, and the greater community. To this end, the RAM Initiative Fund at West Chester University Foundation has been established to provide the necessary resources to continue the program and to build reserves for those years when outside funding might not be available.

With your support, if we raised at least half of the program's cost for one year over the next 60 days, the University is willing to commit to transitioning the program from a pilot to a permanent part of its inclusive excellence portfolio. Please help in reaching this goal so the University can begin to recruit and admit the next class of RAM Initiative students.

Make Real Achievement Matter. We encourage you to support access to a college immersion experience, making it a reality at West Chester University.

Gratefully,
Jeffery L. Osgood, Jr. PhD
Deputy Provost

We, the undersigned, are the parents of the inaugural class of students participating in the RAM Initiative program. Our signatures indicate our enthusiastic support for the program, and represent our full support for the University's efforts to raise funds so that future students like our children can receive a full college immersion experience at West Chester University.

The Families of Emily, Nate, and Olivia





You can support the RAM Initiative at West Chester University by completing the donation form below!

If you prefer, please make checks payable to “WCU Foundation” and mail to:

WCU Foundation
202 Carter Drive
West Chester, PA 19382
 
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