The University of Minnesota, Morris is proud to announce the award of a continuation grant for the Morris College Success Program (MCSP). MCSP is in its second year and will serve first and second year students who meet Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation eligibility guidelines. The goals of the program are academic success in students’ first year; engagement in academic enrichment, student clubs and civic engagement opportunities; and college persistence leading to a bachelor’s degree.
Participants in the program will be given individualized attention by peer mentors, tutors, writing consultants, faculty advisors, and professional staff to develop personalized goals, academic plans, and assistance with academic courses. Participants will also be introduced to Morris’s support resources and faculty/staff to improve their persistence for the next four years of their academic careers. Participants will hone their academic and life skills; gain academic, campus, and financial knowledge; and build the relationships, self-awareness and personal ability needed for college success, retention, and persistence.
MCSP is a one academic year commitment so participants should anticipate regular and timely meetings, workshops and events with their faculty advisor, student mentors, program coordinator and other staff and resources on campus. This program is truly an opportunity for participants to avoid the typical pitfalls of the first year in order to succeed academically and build a foundation for success and graduation with a bachelor’s degree in four years.
- Clarify your academic and career goals and develop a personalized plan to achieve them
- Develop relationships with peers, upper class student mentors, faculty, and staff
- Learn about Morris Campus resources available to support your success
- Engage in community building activities; build positive supportive networks
- Enhance the academic and personal skills needed to excel in college
- Gain vital college and career planning information, including introductions to study abroad, undergraduate research, and other ways to enrich your college experience
- Financial aid advising; FAFSA assistance; skill building in college budgeting
- Earn stipends of $475 to support academic expenses, as well as complimentary movie tickets, Higbies coffee shop certificates, flash drives, and more
- Overnight team building and networking retreat at state park
Applicants to the Morris College Success Program must meet the following criteria to be considered:
- A new, first-year college student beginning college at Morris in fall 2014 or a second year student who was in MCSP last academic year. The program supports new students entering college for the first time. Students who have earned college credits while completing high school are eligible. However, the program cannot serve transfer students.
- Full-time, degree-seeking student registered for the 2014-15 academic year.
- U.S. students from traditionally underserved backgrounds who meet one or more of the following criteria:
- First generation college students: Neither of the student’s parents or legal guardians completed a baccalaureate degree (or for students who regularly resided with and received support from only one guardian, that person did not complete the degree.)
- Students from a low-income household: Students whose family's taxable income the preceding year did not exceed 150% of the federal poverty level.
- U.S. students of color, including American Indian, Asian, Black, and Hispanic/Latino students.
The Morris College Success Program is funded by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. “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. For additional information, visit mygreatlakes.org/community.”
The Morris College Success Program is now accepting applications. To apply, please click the link that correctly reflects your academic status: