SOURCE: Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

August 08, 2013 09:00 ET

Great Lakes Commits $4.5 Million to College Completion Programs

Grants Awarded to Twenty-Eight Programs That Help Students Succeed

MADISON, WI--(Marketwired - Aug 8, 2013) - Students get the best payoff from higher education only when they complete their programs of study. That's why Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation is awarding $4.5 million in College Success grants today. The grants fund 28 programs across Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin that provide specialized help that's known to keep more students enrolled and on track academically, socially, and financially for program completion.

Programs receiving College Success grants will use this funding to provide academic services like tutoring, mentoring, and intensive advising, as well as access to learning communities. Additionally, many College Success grant recipients will offer book vouchers, emergency grants, or other incentives to students who take advantage of program services. By linking participation to incentives designed to help alleviate the extreme financial need of the students they serve, the programs increase the likelihood that students stay enrolled.

These programs will serve more than 4,000 undergraduate students at two-year, four-year, and technical colleges during the 2013-2014 academic year. Programs will focus on those students with the most to gain from higher education -- those from low-income backgrounds, students of color, and those who are first in their family to attend college.

"The programs being funded by this round of College Success grants are providing services proven to help students make progress toward their degree," said Richard D. George, Great Lakes' President and Chief Executive Officer. "Each program has been thoughtfully designed to address the challenges known to keep students from graduating, helping them to develop connections to their campus, peers, faculty, and staff and overcome financial obstacles. We look forward to seeing the impact of each of these programs in helping their students persist towards graduation."

The following is a complete list of 2013-2014 College Success grant partners.

Alverno College
Milwaukee, Wis.
Promise Scholars

Cardinal Stritch University
Milwaukee, Wis.
Leadership Development, Reflection, and Service Initiative (LDRS Initiative)

Century College
White Bear Lake, Minn.
College Success Plus Program

Century College
White Bear Lake, Minn.
College Success Program

College Possible Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wis.
College Possible College Program

College Possible Twin Cities
Saint Paul, Minn.
College Possible College Program

Inver Hills Community College
Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Expansion of Student Support Services

Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Be First

Madison College
Madison, Wis.
Scholars of Color Mentoring Program

Marquette University
Milwaukee, Wis.
Urban Scholars Program

Mercy College of Health Sciences
Des Moines, Iowa
Steps to Success

Milwaukee Area Technical College
Milwaukee, Wis.
College Assistance Program

Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minneapolis, Minn.
Starting Point

Mount Mary University
Milwaukee, Wis.
Promise Plus Project

St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, Minn.
Facilitating Responsible Educational Experiences (FREE)

St. Norbert College
De Pere, Wis.
Students Taking Academic Responsibility (STAR) Program

St. Olaf College
Northfield, Minn.
TRIO Student Support Services

United Community Center
Milwaukee, Wis.
Abriendo Puertas

University of Minnesota - Morris
Morris, Minn.
Morris College Success Program

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Eau Claire, Wis.
Blugold Beginnings Learning Community

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Eau Claire, Wis.
College Achievement Program

University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
Green Bay, Wis.
Gateways to Phirst Year Success

University of Wisconsin - Marathon County
Wausau, Wis.
TRIO Student Support Services

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wis.
Life Impact

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wis.
First Year Scholars/Future Young Professionals

University of Wisconsin - Parkside
Kenosha, Wis.
Project Success

Vermilion Community College
Ely, Minn.
Great Lakes' College Success

Wartburg College
Waverly, Iowa

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About Great Lakes and Community Investments
Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates helps millions of students pay for college and repay their student loans. Through Community Investments, Great Lakes leads initiatives and funds programs that help students from traditionally underserved backgrounds start and complete a two- or four-year degree or other credential. Since 2006, Great Lakes has committed more than $88 million in funding to programs that share these goals. For additional information, visit

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