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University Foundation secures $100k challenge grant

The Metropolitan State University Foundation has been approved for a 2:1 challenge grant in the amount of $100,000 from the Katherine B. Andersen Fund for the university’s Metro Complete Scholarship Program. This means the Foundation receives the grant by raising $200,000 over a period of four years.

The challenge begins July 1, at which point any funds raised for the Metro Complete Scholarship Program will be applied to this grant challenge. To learn more or make a contribution, e-mail giftinquiries@metrostate.edu.

Free tuition available for high school grads

The MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program provides free tuition to qualifying students enrolled in specific career and technical programs at MnSCU two-year colleges for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years (up to 72 credits). The grant covers tuition and general fees remaining after Pell and the Minnesota State Grants have been applied to the student’s account.

Qualifications for students include:

  • Graduating from a Minnesota high school, completing an ABE program or passing a GED test as a Minnesota resident between July 1, 2015 and August 21, 2016.
  • Adjusted Gross Income of $90,000 or less in 2015.
  • Minnesota resident as defined by the Minnesota state financial aid programs.
  • Tuition and fee charges that are not fully covered by Pell and State grants during fall semester 2016.
  • To qualify for the second year of the program (2017-18), students must complete at least 30 program credits during the first year of the program with a GPA of 2.5 or better and participate in free mentoring services throughout the academic program (additional information below).

To apply, students must complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA or Minnesota Dream Act application form, be admitted to an eligible program and start that program in the fall of 2016.

Students need not complete a separate application for this grant.

Applications will be ranked by FAFSA or Minnesota Dream Act filing date, so students should apply as early as possible. Financial aid offices will begin notifying students who are eligible in the near future and will continue to notify qualified students as long as funds are available. The actual award amount will not be determined until the end of the drop/add period for fall term. A student who has been notified they will receive the award and maintains eligibility will have their tuition and fees paid by a combination of the Pell grant, the state grant and the occupational grant.

Students who submit all required forms and required documents, successfully complete at least 30 credits during the 2016-17 academic year, maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 at the end of the 2016-17 academic year, participate in the provided mentoring sessions and are certified by the college to be on track to complete the program during the 2017-18 academic year are eligible for a grant renewal. Students will need to reapply for the grant for the second year.

For more information, including a list of qualifying programs, visit the Office of Higher Education’s website at www.ohe.state.mn.us/MnSCUOccupGrant


New grant to benefit Metropolitan State’s dual dental hygiene program

Metropolitan State’s dental hygiene program, a partnership with Normandale Community College, recently received a $1.6 million grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration.

Metropolitan State and Normandale offer a dual admissions and enrollment plan in dental hygiene that allows students to simultaneously receive an associate and bachelor’s degree on Normandale’s campus.

Through this grant, the program focuses on expanding the duel admissions process with other MnSCU schools and supporting students in collaborative practice—where current dental hygiene students practice at non-traditional sites like schools or nursing homes. The grant also provides an opportunity to enhance curriculum and practices with efforts to better meet the needs of vulnerable, underserved and rural populations. Continue reading New grant to benefit Metropolitan State’s dual dental hygiene program

Metropolitan State TRIO student support programs receive $2 million grant

TRIO students completing one of the many workshops hosted by the program.
TRIO students completing one of the many workshops hosted by the program.

The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded a $2.3 million grant for TRIO-Student Support Services at Metropolitan State. The award, to be disbursed over the next five years, provides $1.23 million to support college engagement, retention and the graduation of limited income students who are first in their families to earn a four-year degree. Of the award, $1.1 million is designated to support academic enrichment, retention and graduation of undergraduate students with disabilities.

The two grants will serve hundreds of eligible students by providing academic mentoring and advising, tutoring and academic development, financial literacy development, graduate school preparation, professional readiness, cultural and social engagement, and service-learning experiences. Continue reading Metropolitan State TRIO student support programs receive $2 million grant

Metropolitan State a finalist in Knight Arts Challenge


A state-of-the-art digital cinema at Metropolitan State is one of 61 ideas chosen as finalists in this year’s Knight Arts Challenge. This is the second in a three-year commitment by Knight Foundation to give $4.5 million to arts projects in Saint Paul. More than 450 applications were submitted earlier this year and the winners and their grant amounts will be chosen from the remaining applicants in October. Last year, 42 projects were chosen to share $1.36 million.

The contest is open to any individual, organization or business with an idea for arts and cultural projects that would engage and enrich Saint Paul. A panel of local artists and arts advocates selected the finalists and will go on to review detailed proposals for each idea to choose the winners. The full list of finalists can be found at this link.

Metropolitan State receives The Big Read grant

the big readMetropolitan State University has received a $14,200 grant to promote and host The Big Read between January and March 2016. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest. It brings communities together to read, discuss and celebrate one of 37 selections from U.S. and world literature. Continue reading Metropolitan State receives The Big Read grant