Sterling Bank Foundation Awards Grant to Support Student Success

Two OT students wearing masks speaking with classroom of students.

Occupational therapy fieldwork students Chastity Kiely and Magdalena Yastion (left to right) teach students keys to academic success as part of the Take Charge! program. The students work under the supervision of OT Professor Catherine Cavaliere.

The Sterling National Bank Charitable Foundation has awarded Dominican College a $10,000 grant to support programs that help students achieve academic success.  The grants will help pay for mentoring, tutoring, resources, and books to support students.

“The Student Success Program, Charge Toward Success, and Take Charge! Occupational Therapy Program provide structure, accountability, and one-on-one support to students who are in need of it,” said Ryan O’ Gorman, Director of Retention and Student Success.  “Through these programs and one-on-one meetings with the occupational therapy fieldwork students, the undergraduate students feel more confident in their academics and improve their overall sense of well-being.”

The new programs have increased student retention by as much as 17 percent and enabled students to stay on the path toward achieving a bachelor’s degree.