Honoring Vassar's model of Higher Ed Equity under President Cappy Hill

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During her time as president of Vassar College, Catharine “Cappy” Hill led the institution into becoming a more socioeconomically diverse campus.

“Vassar is one of a relatively small number of selective higher education institutions that have proven that income-driven educational inequality does not have to stay with us,” writes Executive Director Harold O. Levy in a commemorative issue of Vassar’s alumni magazine.

Levy’s article describes the actions taken by Vassar, which the foundation recognized with the inaugural award of our $1 million Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence. This award honored the institution’s dedication to enrolling and supporting high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds. 

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