LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board recently awarded The Lincoln University with a $40,000 grant to further the institution’s ongoing efforts to educate its students on the dangers of alcohol abuse and discourage underage drinking.
Over 100 municipalities, community groups, schools, universities and law enforcement agencies applied for a share of the board’s $2.1 million program, of which Lincoln received the maximum allotment.
“The effects of alcohol and drugs on our young people are an unmistakably adverse one,” said Dr. Robert R. Jennings, president of The Lincoln University, who instituted a dry campus and zero tolerance policy for alcohol and drugs after his arrival in January 2012. “And the mission of our students is simply too important to be compromised.”
Twenty college and university grants, which will be paid over a two-year-period, will help schools develop strategies to reduce underage and dangerous alcohol use, including enforcement efforts; social norms campaigns to change how students think about alcohol and binge drinking; Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS), which is a program to help those students who drink heavily make less risky alcohol-use decisions; and college alcohol risk assessments of the campus and surrounding areas to identify alcohol-related issues.
“This year, we increased the maximum grant award to $40,000 and gave organizations an extra year to implement their programs,” said Joseph E. Brion, PLCB chairman. “Our goal is to give those involved in the prevention of underage and dangerous drinking the time and financial resources needed to make a significant impact on the health and safety of their communities.”
Since 1999, the PLCB has awarded over $10 million in grants, sponsoring alcohol education and prevention programs targeted at legal and underage audiences at over 250 schools, colleges, law enforcement departments and community organizations throughout Pennsylvania.
“There is a very negative perception that reckless consumption of alcohol and college students is supposed to go hand in hand,” said Dr. Lenetta Lee, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, who wrote the grant. “This investment by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will enable our students to both analyze and challenge these perceptions through innovational and strategic learning initiatives.”
The Lincoln University, founded in 1854 as the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly-technological and global society. Today, the University enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 men and women. Internationally recognized for preparing and producing world class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Lillian Fishburne, the first African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Langston Hughes, the noted poet, Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana and Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first President of Nigeria.
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