Westminster McNair Scholars Attend UC Berkeley Symposium

Ten Westminster McNair Scholars traveled to Berkeley, CA early in August to present their summer research projects at the 24th Annual McNair Scholars Symposium.  They were able to network with and attend the presentations of hundreds of McNair Scholars from across the country, visit either Stanford or UC Davis, and speak with recruiters at the graduate school fair.  The symposium offered a number of cultural performances, and ended with a dinner cruise on San Francisco Bay.  This event was the culmination of a busy summer full of research, graduate preparation seminars, and GRE Prep classes.  One of our students commented, “I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet with other scholars and share research ideas….The sense of community at this conference was really wonderful.”

TRIO House at Colorado State University named in Honor of Paul Thayer

I wanted to share a recent article in our CSU e-newsletter that featured a story about Paul.  The TRIO House on campus was recently named in his honor, specifically recognizing his long term commitment to supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds, including his years in TRIO.  I thought that you may want to include this in our ASPIRE newsletter to share with others in the TRIO community.

http://source.colostate.edu/move-in-2016-community-for-excellence-drives-student-access-and-success/

Thanks so much!

Marilyn

TRIO receives Talent Search and Educational Opportunity Center grants from Department of Education

TRIO receives Talent Search and Educational Opportunity Center grants from Department of Education

The University of North Dakota has once again been awarded both a TRIO/Talent Search and TRIO/Educational Opportunity Center grant from the Department of Education. The goal of these programs is to ensure secondary school graduation and increase the college enrollment rate and successful degree completion among low-income, first-generation participants as they make the transition from one level of education to the next.

May EOC Student of the Month

The EOC Participant of the Month that is Mr. Steve Chenoweth. Steve is a 55 yr old, LIFG, non-traditional student. He graduated in December 2015 with his Associate’s degree in Addictionology and plans to attend UW-Casper in the fall, majoring in Social Work. The reason I chose Steve is because he is not the typical EOC participant…meaning that I had to go beyond our usual “services” to fit Mr. Chenoweth’s academic needs. He needed assistance with things that I typically do not do – which made it a terrific challenge.

Meeting with Steve was not a typical FAFSA/scholarship/application appointment. He is legally blind and partially deaf. He had assistance from our local DVR, but mostly in the form of tuition assistance and book fees. I explained that UW-Casper offers the same disability services that the Laramie campus offers for students with documented disabilities. He had no idea – and sought assistance & signed up immediately. For the fall, he will be provided with a hearing device for the classroom, was granted longer time to take tests, and a different environment for taking exams (individual). I also helped Steve apply for the BSW program at UW-Casper. This was a 20 page application with MANY requirements. Getting this application completed was a huge accomplishment with all the letters required, and a tight time frame. With Kristi’s permission, EOC was apply to pay for his $30.00 application fee for the program. We were also able to set up tutoring services for him starting in August. Through the UW-Casper scholarship portal, Steve applied for 8 scholarships. He was granted one $1000.00 non-traditional, first generation scholarship.

Quite a few times, Steve wondered if all the work required to apply for this program was worth it, as he faced many obstacles. In May, he received notification that he was accepted into the BSW program at UWC – His dream of becoming a certified social worker will come true.

Upward Bound students spend summer at UND campus

A car wash fundraiser may not seem connected to convincing more students to enroll in college, but there is a correlation through UND’s Upward Bound program.

A federally funded program, Upward Bound assists first-generation and underprivileged high school students on the path to higher education.

Phillip Coghlan, the program’s assistant director, said the summer class of Upward Bound students held a car wash last weekend to raise money for the college visits and other trips they take throughout the summer.

“It’s just a fun way to get the kids out and involved with the community,” he said.

For six weeks, 65 students from the region will live on campus at UND and take classes. Those in ninth through 11th grades will take high school-level courses from local high school teachers in math, science, language arts and a foreign language.

The students are mentored and live in dorms with college students, some of whom attend UND, Coghlan said.

Students in the Upward Bound Bridge program who have graduated from high school will take nine credits of college courses at UND free of charge.

“It will act as a bridge, hence the name, that will help them into college,” Coghlan said.

The program is also open in the fall to 88 students. An application process is required through high school guidance counselors to students at Grand Forks Central High School, East Grand Forks High School and seven other schools in the surrounding area, including Grafton, N.D., Devils Lake and New Town, N.D.

Students qualify based on income or being a first-generation college student, and Coghlan said UND’s Upward Bound staff visits with students about 25 times throughout every school year.

He said they help those in lower grades with academic skill building, SAT and ACT assistance and planning while seniors see help with college applications and scholarships.

“It’s about helping students actually overcome the ins and out of applying to a school and how that works,” Coghlan said.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and has an annual budget of $394,416, according to UND’s website.

Upward Bound is part of UND TRIO, which has grown from three to five branches of programs to help first-generation, low-income students attend and graduate from college.

The summer Upward Bound group will have more carwash fundraisers June 19 and 26 in the parking lot near Hugo’s on 32nd Avenue South.

NWC has 50 TRIO Grads in 2016!

This year Northwest College’s SSS TRIO program in Powell, Wyoming had 51 graduates.  The NWC SSS program has been in operation for just over 15 years, and this is the largest class of graduates they have ever had in that time.  A few years ago, NWC TRIO started the tradition of inviting graduates to a photo shoot with the NWC College Photographer for a professional graduation photo.  During this photo shoot, graduates are asked to make a poster stating how TRIO has helped them.  This year graduates also sported “TRIO Works!” buttons on their graduation robes.  The associated photos are NWC College President Stefani Hicswa with a group of TRIO graduates at the photo shoot, a professional photo of a graduate, a professional photo of a graduate and their poster, NWC Student Senate President, and TRIO student, Sam Jones at the conclusion of his commencement speech.

Cheyenne McNair Scholar receives full ride to Michigan doctorate program

http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2016/04/cheyenne-mcnair-scholar-receives-full-ride-to-michigan-doctorate-program.html

Westminster College McNair Scholars Graduation News

DSCN0909Please join the Westminster College McNair Scholars Program in congratulating our 2015-16 graduates!

2016 Graduates Entering Graduate School in Fall 2016   (10/11 will attend graduate school this fall = 91%) 

 Abby Steven Arellanes will enter the PhD program in sociology at North Carolina State University.

Brianda De Leon (U of U) will begin the master’s program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah.  Her emphasis will be Student Affairs.

Elizabeth Gamarra (U of U) will begin her Master of Social Work at the University of Utah.

Quan Le (U of U) will earn his MS in civil engineering at the University of Utah.

Katherine McLean will enter the PhD program in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. Katie was also a recipient of the 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship, as well as a Rackham Merit Fellowship from the University of Michigan.

Kevin Martinez will enter the master’s program in the Department of Education, Culture, and Society at the University of Utah.

Lisa Molina will attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she will earn a master’s degree in Social Justice Education.

Giulia Soto (U of U) will pursue the MSEd in International Educational Development at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Stephen Tahan will earn his PhD in immunology at Washington University in St. Louis in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences. Stephen also received an Honorable Mention from the National Science Foundation  GRFP.

Tashelle Wright will earn a PhD in public health from the University of California at Merced.

Additionally, we’d like to congratulate Karissa Killian; she will work for the U.S. Forest Service after graduation.

We are so proud of the McNair Scholars’ accomplishments, and delighted to see them achieve their academic goals!

 

Congratulations to all!

April Wyoming EOC Student of the Month

Charlotte Bohren is the Wyoming EOC student of the Month for April.  Sheridan EOC coordinator, Katherine writes: I met Charlotte back in Feb 2014 at the WIC office as I was just getting a good start in EOC.  She is a veteran and has two children, then ages 1 & 6.  She told me that day that “Yeah, I should go back to school.”  She had an Associate Degree (General Studies) from Sheridan College and had taken some time off from school.  We worked together to get her FAFSA done and with help from the University of Wyoming Outreach coordinator here, she was enrolled in summer session a few months later.  She is now completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice through University of Wyoming.   I visited with her several times, especially the first year or so as most of her classes were in the building where my office is.  She never forgot to remind me that “I would not have done this IF it weren’t for you.”  When I called her back in March to tell her the new FAFSA changes and that I was available to help her renew her FAFSA, etc. I was thrilled to hear that she was going to graduate.  Today she, accompanied by her husband and 3-year old stopped by to get her picture taken and pick up her graduation gown.  The little guy really got a kick out of getting in the picture!  Her husband is so proud of her, and I didn’t miss the opportunity to do a little recruiting.  (He will be calling me when he is ready to finish college.)  Charlotte has truly been an inspiration to me and contributes much to why EOC is a rewarding job!