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Letter: Vassar is committed to accessibility for all

Vassar is committed to accessibility for all

Adjusting my Vassar College ’59 visor, I greet dogs and children at Knox Farm, savoring the landscape. I see the gentle hills as an artist’s rendering of Western New York’s preservation of nature, cultivation of the arts and enthusiasm for sports.

I cheer Jeffrey Gundlach’s generous Albright-Knox gifts and The News coverage of his life. His mother turned down a full scholarship to Vassar, her parents saying she’d be out of place in Vassar’s perceived social class. I, too, had a full scholarship to Vassar, advised by my guidance counselor, because I was a high achiever and her sister was happy there. Our yearbook photographer pronounced, “You’ll never be able to keep up with those girls in fur coats.” I entered, finding everyone wearing Bermuda shorts! I loved it, majored in art history and served on the board of Vassar’s Art Center. Young men and women in our family have made Vassar theirs.

I want students, parents and guidance counselors to know that Vassar is committed to and has achieved accessibility. The application process is “need blind,” only academic and other achievements are considered, not a family’s ability to pay. If accepted, a plan is made for full financial support. The goal is socioeconomic and other diversity for an ideal learning community. It happens. Vassar is recognized as No. 1 in accessibility and student graduation rate!

Check it out, and talk with me when you see my VC ’59 visor.

Alison Hyde

East Aurora

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