SOURCE: Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

April 05, 2012 08:00 ET

New Great Lakes Grant Opportunity to Help Disadvantaged Students Complete College

Persistence Programs at Wisconsin Institutions of Higher Education and Community-Based Organizations Eligible to Apply

MADISON, WI--(Marketwire - Apr 5, 2012) - More disadvantaged undergraduate students will get help completing their degree, diploma, or certificate thanks to a new grant opportunity announced today by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation (Great Lakes). The Wisconsin Postsecondary Persistence Program Grants opportunity is made available through Great Lakes' Community Investments program. Member institutions of the University of Wisconsin System, Wisconsin Technical College System, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and Wisconsin Tribal Colleges and Universities are encouraged to apply for grants up to $300,000. Wisconsin nonprofit community- and faith-based organizations are also eligible to apply.

Disadvantaged student populations can face a number of challenges that prevent them from finishing a degree, diploma, or certificate. "Studies show that students from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to leave school before completing their program of study or degree," said Richard D. George, Great Lakes' President and Chief Executive Officer. "This grant opportunity is designed to provide these students with the support they need to overcome the hurdles that too often get in the way of college completion."

Great Lakes' Wisconsin Postsecondary Persistence Program Grants will support programs that provide academic, career, and personal support services to undergraduate students. Programs selected for funding must demonstrate that the participants' semester-to-semester and year-to-year re-enrollment rates are higher than those of their peers. Great Lakes plans to use the reported program outcomes to identify what works best in increasing persistence for students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and/or those who are the first in their families to attend college. These results will then be used to inform future funding decisions.

Applications for this grant opportunity can be found online at and are due June 1, 2012.

For more information on Community Investments, visit or contact Amy Kerwin at or (608) 246-1785.

About Great Lakes and Community Investments
Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates helps millions of students pay for college and manage their student loans. Through Community Investments, Great Lakes funds programs that foster workforce development and improve economic competitiveness by increasing the number of disadvantaged students who start and complete a postsecondary degree or certificate. Since 2006, Great Lakes has committed more than $69 million in funding to programs that share these goals. For additional information, visit