First Generation Initiative (FGI) S.O.A.R. Breakfast – Twin Cities
Imagine a world
where every child is given the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Imagine a world
where every student with a desire to attend college has the opportunity to do so.
Imagine a world
where SCHOLARS S.O.A.R.
You are invited to join us on May 20th for the third annual Scholars S.O.A.R. (Support, Opportunity, Accountability, and Responsibility) Breakfast to support the First Generation Initiative at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Registration – 7:00 A.M.
Breakfast & Program – 7:30 – 8:30 A.M.
Saint Mary’s University Center
2540 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minn.
This is a free event:
Participants will be invited to make a gift to support the First-Generation Initiative at Saint Mary’s University.
Please register on or before May 14.
For more information, please contact Dominic Lawrence ’06, M’10, Senior Development Director, at 612-728-5199 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Established in 2010, the vision for the First Generation Initiative is to address the growing academic achievement gap in our state and country. In order to support students first in their families to attend college, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota began a mission-inspired initiative to help ensure students who otherwise couldn’t dream of a college education – now can.
Based on research, both access and support ensure students served through the University’s Lasallian, Catholic network succeed both academically and beyond the classroom, thanks to the First Generation Initiative. The cost of a scholarship, including support services, for one year is approximately $46,000 per student. There are currently 36 FGI Scholars at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Additionally, through the establishment of an innovative Count Down to College academic boot camp, starting in 2010, Saint Mary’s has prepared over 100 high school students during the summers of their pre-collegiate academic years. This innovative program is preparing young students for success in high school as well as college.
Thanks to generous partners, the Initiative’s success has been realized by transformational philanthropy. In order to reach a funding goal of $15 Million by 2017, financially supporting student success remains a priority. The 2014-2015 financial need is to secure $300,000 by May 31st in order to provide gap funding necessary to support 36 current FGI Scholars. Additionally, funds raised through the SOAR Breakfast will support students in the Count Down to College – academic boot camp. Thanks to generous benefactors, Will & Shirley Oberton, a challenge gift has been provided and will match each dollar donated up to $50,000 during the breakfast event. Thank you for ensuring this generous gift is realized on May 20th, together we are transforming lives.
Thank you to the 2015 Twin Cities FGI S.O.A.R. volunteers for your leadership!
Not able to attend, support FGI by visiting www.supportsmu.org and share a gift online!
Our Purpose – to ensure academic success for high-need, high-potential, first-generation students from our partner Lasallian and Jesuit schools from middle school through college graduation.
Our Vision – at his inaugural address, our president, Brother William announced his intention to serve economically challenged students:
“I’ve instructed the Cabinet to explore the expansion of our efforts to make Saint Mary’s affordable to mid- and lower-economic families… I’d love to make it easier for graduates of the Miguel, Nativity, and Cristo Rey schools of our Region to enroll and succeed at Saint Mary’s.
This is why Saint John Baptist de La Salle founded the Brothers of the Christian Schools… We were founded upon the conviction that no young person and no family — no matter how economically, affectively, intellectually, or spiritually in need — should ever have cause to think that they have been forgotten, should ever have to wonder whether or not this family has been passed over by God, or by the rest of us.“