Edgewood College: Receives two College Ready grants from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

Edgewood College Receives Two College Ready Grants from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

Contact: Ed Taylor, Director of Marketing & Communications 608-663-2333

Madison, Wis. (June 6, 2013) – Edgewood College is honored to have received two College Ready grants in the total amount of $39,094 from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. These grants will benefit approximately 27 students by helping to prepare them for academic success when they arrive at college.

Edgewood College was one of 34 recipients to receive some of the more than $4 million in College Ready grant funds awarded by Great Lakes. The College will use the grant funding during the 2013-2014 academic year to support students through two programs: The LEAP 2 College program, conducted in conjunction with the Lussier Community Education Center, and the Committed to College program (C2C), which is conducted in conjunction with Cherokee Middle School and West High School. Both programs offer weekly academic enrichment for students, as well as mentoring initiatives and activities on the Edgewood College campus throughout the school year.

“With the College Ready grants, the College and our community partners will continue to support Madison’s young people as they become better prepared for success in college,” said Dr. Kris Mickelson, Dean of the School of Integrative Studies at Edgewood College. “We are honored to share this commitment to our community with Great Lakes, and with the organizations in Greater Madison that also strive toward equal access and excellence in teaching and learning.”

LEAP 2 College and C2C were selected as Great Lakes College Ready grant partners based on the strategies they have developed to prepare students for college and their commitment to tracking results. Both programs will help students to improve their academic performance by tracking results measured by students’ grade point averages (GPAs). In addition the programs will address such aspects of college readiness as school attendance and engagement, improvements in study skills, ability to articulate academic strengths and interests, increased understanding of college admissions requirements and familiarity with college communities.

Great Lakes’ College Ready grant is designed to support programs that help students from traditionally underserved backgrounds—including students from low-income households, students of color, and those who are the first in their families to attend college—in grades 6 through 12 and adult learners arrive on campus ready to enroll in college-level courses. Recipient programs will provide services to students across Minnesota and Wisconsin during the upcoming academic year, helping a total of 4,000 students succeed in higher education, leading to a two- or four-year degree or other credential.

About 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.

About Edgewood College

Located in Madison, WI, Edgewood College is a liberal arts Catholic college in the Dominican tradition, with 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers more than 40 academic and professional programs, including master’s degrees in business, education, nursing, and other fields, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership. For more information about Edgewood College, please visit www.edgewood.edu, or call Ed Taylor in Marketing & Communications at 608-663-2333.