Great Lakes Announces New Grant Opportunity
April 30, 2015 Issue
New Grant Opportunity
Apply Now: Career Ready Internship Grants
Internships open doors for college students. But for students with financial need, who often pay their way with part-time jobs, unpaid internships are simply out of the question. To make internships more accessible for students who otherwise couldn't afford to participate, we are expanding our successful Career Ready Internship grant program.
Over the next three years, colleges and universities will collaborate with businesses and nonprofit organizations to create more paid internships and increase participation for juniors and seniors with financial need. The new grants will have an escalating match component to encourage sustainability beyond the grant period. In addition to providing program administration support during the first two grant years, Great Lakes will fund 100% of internship wages and transportation in year one, then 90% in year two, and 80% in year three. Colleges, their donors and employers will cover the difference.
Application period: April 30, 2015 through June 25, 2015
Geographic focus: Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin
Eligible applicants: Four-year colleges and universities
Maximum Grant: Nearly $450,000 over three years
Grant period: October 1, 2015 through May 31, 2018
Two-Year College Ready Grant Recipients Announced
We created College Ready grants to help high school students prepare to pass college-level math and English classes and increase their odds of earning degrees. After several grant cycles, we've learned that one year of supplemental instruction is not enough time to move critical numbers of at-risk students to college readiness benchmarks on standardized tests like the ACT. We're now doubling down on the challenge with twice the instructional time (two years instead of one), increased academic rigor, and a narrower focus that exclusively targets students who enter their junior year testing below but within striking distance of the benchmarks.
Established readiness programs operated by nine colleges and community-based organizations in Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin will receive $4.2 million through 2017. They will provide two full years of extracurricular instruction and support to meet the needs of more than 800 students on the cusp of college readiness. Our goal is to learn whether and how an additional year of academic interventions can move even more students to college readiness benchmarks by the time they graduate from high school.
Out and About
Great Lakes Sponsors United States Student Association Panel
Richard D. George, Great Lakes' President and CEO, and Jacqueline Fairbairn, Vice President – Policy and Regulatory Compliance, attended the United States Student Association Legislative Convention held March 27-28 in Washington, D.C. Great Lakes sponsored a panel on housing and food insecurity among college students, featuring Clare Cady, who started the College and University Food Bank Alliance; Minh Mai, a researcher with the Wisconsin HOPE Lab; Shadee Ashtari, formerly of the Huffington Post and producer of "A Look Into The 'Double Lives' of America's Homeless College Students"; and Brooke Evans, who spoke about her experience as a homeless student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maxwell Love, president of the United States Student Association, reported that many students were so moved by the presentation that they have started exploring options to support students on their own campuses who are housing and food insecure.
Dick George; Alexandra Flores-Quilty, Vice President of United States Student Association; Jacki Fairbairn; and Maxwell Love, President of United States Student Association
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