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WU receives grant from Eden Hall Foundation

Feb 26, 2019

Waynesburg University has received a grant from the Eden Hall Foundation in support of the University’s plan to offer its Addictions Concentration in the Masters in Counseling Program online.

The Eden Hall Foundation strives to improve the quality of life for all people across our region.”

Sylvia V. Fields, executive director of the Eden Hall Foundation

”This grant will help provide a more flexible and accessible educational option for those possessing the heart to serve individuals fighting addictions,” said Sylvia V. Fields, executive director of the Foundation.

The planned online delivery method will expand the reach of the program, potentially increasing the number of qualified addictions counselors.

This initiative is in direct response to the addictions epidemic in southwestern Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. The demand for addictions counseling is not being met with the current supply of counselors.

“We are grateful to the Eden Hall Foundation for supporting our plans for our addictions counseling program,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “The funds will, in part, aid in the development and continuous improvement of online learning opportunities, specifically for courses within the Addictions Concentration of the Masters in Counseling Program.”

Waynesburg University’s Addictions Concentration is the only CACREP accredited addictions counseling program in the state of Pennsylvania.

“Waynesburg University has been a leader in providing educational opportunities to professionals seeking to develop or enhance their knowledge and clinical skills in addiction counseling for many years,” said Dr. James Hepburn, professor of psychology and program director of the Master of Arts in Counseling Program and Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Education Program. “The Eden Hall grant will enable us to increase the impact of addictions education in southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond at a time when it is critically needed.”

About the Eden Hall Foundation

The Eden Hall Foundation is a private foundation established through the will of Sebastian Mueller, a Pittsburgh philanthropist and vice president and director of the H.J. Heinz Company. The Foundation continues the legacy of Mr. Mueller by engaging with organizations whose missions improve the quality of life for all throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.

About Waynesburg University

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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