Travelers EDGE Program Launches at Augsburg
FEBRUARY 2011 – Augsburg is one of only 10 colleges and college-readiness programs across the nation selected by Travelers Company to partner with them on the Travelers EDGE program. The Travelers EDGE program focuses on college recruitment and retention of low-income and first-generation students from the St. Paul, Minnesota, and Hartford, Connecticut, public schools. According to Mike Newman, vice president of the Travelers Foundation, Augsburg was invited to participate in the program because many independent college-readiness programs and high schools in the Twin Cities recommended Augsburg as a college that welcomes students from all economic backgrounds.
The Travelers EDGE program at Augsburg incorporates outreach to college-readiness programs and high schools in St. Paul, financial literacy training for freshmen and sophomores, job shadowing and mentoring, course curriculum focusing on the financial services sector, and a scholarship program for juniors and seniors. Travelers provided an initial grant of $44,000 to launch the first year, with the hope that it will evolve into a five-year project. The program is led by Julio Vargas, assistant director of multicultural recruitment at Augsburg.
Says Vargas, “We’re delighted to be a partner in the Travelers EDGE program. It provides much-needed resources to test how this comprehensive program can help students excel and graduate at Augsburg. We also look forward to learning what is effective at other colleges in the program and adapting those lessons to our own programming at Augsburg.
Thrivent Financial gives grant to Project IGNITE
JANUARY 2009 – Over the next three years, Augsburg College will reach out to more alumni than ever before in the school’s history, thanks to a $229,268 grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.
The grant will fund Project IGNITE, a three-year pilot program in which current Augsburg students will visit more than 1,600 alumni who currently are not involved with the school as volunteers or donors. Thrivent was especially interested in Project IGNITE because it has the potential to serve as a national model that can change the way colleges across the country work with their alumni.
“For a college, our alumni are a strategic advantage and if you don’t use that, you’re missing a business opportunity,” said Augsburg President Paul C. Pribbenow. “Your current students and recent graduates are often your best spokespeople for what’s really happening.”
Project IGNITE is expected to expand alumni volunteerism on campus, increase alumni giving, and increase alumni participation in on-campus and regional alumni events.
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