Great Lakes Launches College Success Grants

great lakes higher education logoMore students are entering college than ever before, but many of these students—particularly those from traditionally underserved backgrounds—face unique obstacles that prevent them from completing their studies. As a result, college completion rates have not increased at the same rate as college enrollment.

To help more students access the support they need to graduate, MCF member Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation is offering College Success grants of up to $300,000 each.

“With the College Success grants, we build on our commitment to support programs that are helping more students succeed in higher education,” said Richard D. George, Great Lakes’ president and CEO. “While our earlier College Ready grants focused on preparing students for academic success in college, we know that arriving on campus academically prepared is often not enough. Many students need additional support to stay in college and graduate—particularly students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, and those who are the first in their family to attend college. Our College Success grants will recognize and reward programs delivering that extra support, for the students who need it most.”

College students who develop connections with peers, faculty and staff are more likely to stay in college until they graduate. Great Lakes’ College Success grants are intended to support programs that connect students of similar backgrounds who are attending two-year, four-year, or technical colleges—and are working toward the common goal of college completion. These grants will help students develop those connections through specialized services such as mentoring, proactive advising, development of learning communities and academic tutoring.

Colleges and community-based organizations located in Iowa, Minnesota or Wisconsin are eligible to apply for individual grants of up to $300,000 each for the 2013-2014 academic year. Applications are due March 14, 2013.

To learn more and download an application for this new grant opportunity, visit the Great Lakes website.

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