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Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates awarded $7.2 million to 32 colleges and universities in six states

Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping make college a reality, has awarded $210,000 to Lourdes University as part of its 2017-2019 Dash Emergency Grant program for four-year colleges. Designed to assist low-income students cover unexpected, non-academic emergency expenses, the grant program seeks to keep these students in school at better rates and graduate in larger numbers.

“In addition to Lourdes’ student support programs, the Great Lakes grant allows us to better assist these students in their time of need – whether it is to cover an unexpected car repair or medical bill,” says Ms. Alisa Smith, Director of Retention and Student Success. “We are thrilled to be selected by Great Lakes to partner with them as they extend this successful program to four-year colleges.”

The Office of Retention and Student Success will administer the grant program and award funding. In the first year, Lourdes will match 10 percent of grant funding, and in the second year, 15 percent. A total of $225,000 will be available to students during the two-year grant period.

Fifty-three percent of Lourdes University undergraduate students are first-generation, 45 percent receive Pell grants and 25 percent are minority students.

Lourdes University currently offers the following student support programming:

  • Academic Readiness through Coaching Habits of Excellence and Success (ARCHES): assists students who require preparatory instruction;
  • First Year Education (FYE): helps students in their transition to college;
  • Academic Support Center (ASC): offers tutoring services, academic coaching and leadership opportunities;
  • TRiO Student Support Services: federally-funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education that identifies and prepares promising students for college-level work;
  • Career Services: strives to be proactive in its efforts to best fit the learning style and needs of each student by assisting them with their major and career selection, helping them gain related work experience and educate and train them in internship and job search techniques and processes;
  • Sophia Counseling Center: offers individual counseling, support services, and resource information for personal health and wellness; and
  • Mission and Ministry: supports the mission and vision of Lourdes through Campus Ministry, service learning, prayer services, outreach efforts, orientation programs, events and resources.

Great Lakes

Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates was established as a nonprofit group focused on a single objective: helping students nationwide prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and student loan repayment. As a leading student loan guarantor and servicer, Great Lakes has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance and repayment planning to more than 8 million borrowers – as well as assistance to colleges and lenders nationwide.

Its earnings support one of the largest and most respected education philanthropy programs in the country. Since 2006, Great Lakes has committed over $200 million in grant funding to promote higher education access and completion for students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students.

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