First Generation Initiative provides opportunity, names new leader

First Generation Initiative provides opportunity, names new leader

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is a university that prides itself on empowering individuals through education and a key to doing so is making that education accessible. Through First Generation Initiative (FGI), a Saint Mary’s education is made possible for some high school students who otherwise could not afford it. Also home to Countdown to College (C2C), Saint Mary’s brings high school students to the 400-acre Winona Campus for two weeks each year for four years to help them experience a college campus firsthand and receive college preparatory instruction. This fall, the Saint Mary’s FGI Scholars and C2C programs will be under new leadership. Alisa Macksey will serve as the director of programs for the First Generation Initiative at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Annual First Generation breakfast raises more than $100,000

Annual First Generation breakfast raises more than $100,000

Attendees at the third annual Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota First Generation Scholars S.O.A.R. Breakfast on May 20 saw the direct benefactors of their generosity when Nancy-Leon Morales ’15 and Jennifer Hernandez ’15 spoke at the Saint Mary’s University Center...
Salgado ready to help youth in crisis

Salgado ready to help youth in crisis

Armando Salgado ’15 will be the first to admit that, at first, he struggled in college. As a First Generation Scholar (FGI) at Saint Mary’s University, he wasn’t meeting his grade-point-average requirements and was close to losing his scholarship. But, Salgado said,...
Cardinals’ Brown is making a name for herself

Cardinals’ Brown is making a name for herself

When Octavia Brown stepped on the Winona Campus as a freshman in the fall of 2011, the First Generation Initiative was in its second year at Saint Mary’s and the Cardinal women’s basketball team was coming off a losing season. Fast-forward almost four...
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