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Area colleges, nonprofits encouraged to apply for grants

If they work hard, every Minnesota student should have the opportunity to go to college, further their education and get closer to their goals and the American dream. But sometimes students in college struggle at the start. They’re away from home in a new environment. Classes are tougher and distractions are everywhere.

Colleges provide services that have proven effective in helping participating students stay in school, earn the grades they need and graduate. But these services are helping only a small percentage of all students who need them. Colleges may not have the resources, such as staffing, to identify and connect the students in need with the services available.

That’s why I am encouraging area colleges and community-based non-profits to apply for individual grants up to $200,000 in College Success Grants from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation.

The 2014-15 College Success grant is intended to provide resources to allow institutions to identify at-risk freshmen who exhibit warning signs early in the semester, and connect them with the services that will help them complete the credits they attempt during their first year of college, and earn the grades necessary to position themselves for a successful college career, and a successful life after college.

Colleges and community-based organizations located in Iowa, Minnesota or Wisconsin are eligible to apply for individual grants of up to $300,000 each for the 2014-15 academic year. Applications can be found at and are due Jan. 6, 2014.

For more information on Great Lakes’ College Success grant opportunity and other Community Investments initiatives, visit or contact Yvonne Campbell, Community Investments Program manager, at or 888-648-5725. As always, please feel free to contact me at 651-296-4333 or by email at

Rep. John Ward,


District 10A

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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