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Ward encourages area colleges and nonprofits to apply for Great Lakes College Success Grants



John Ward, DFL – Baxter, is encouraging area colleges and

community-based nonprofits to apply for individual grants up to


$300,000 in College Success Grants from Great Lakes Higher Education

Guaranty Corporation.

College students who develop a connection

with their peers, faculty, and staff are more likely to stay in college

until they graduate. Great Lakes’ College Success grants are intended

to support programs that connect students of similar backgrounds who

are attending two-year, four-year, or technical colleges-and are all

working toward the common goal of college completion. These grants will

help students develop those connections through specialized services

such as mentoring, proactive advising, development of learning

communities, and academic tutoring.

“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,

regardless of their family income,” said Rep. Ward. “I encourage

Central Lakes College and other area non-profits to take advantage of

their grants to help students, and I thank Great Lakes for making these

available. Increasing opportunity for our young people will help our

communities and our economy in the future.”

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 2013-2014 academic year. Applications can be found at


and are due March 14.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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