Star Scholars

What is the Star Scholars program?

The Avelino Mills-Novoa Fellowship

Star Scholar Program is designed to bring all the benefits of the Power of YOU to eligible undocumented students. Star Scholars funding covers the cost of tuition and fees after your state grants are applied, for two years or up to 72 credits at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and surrounds students with the support they need to succeed!

The program is currently funded for 50 scholarships and boasting a retention rate of over 88 percent. Applications are due June 1, 2016 and will be awarded by date of application and merit. Preference will be given to those seeking to pursue Career and Technical training. Star Scholars funds do not pay for books and transportation costs.

If you begin the Star Scholars program at MCTC, you may be eligible for merit-based scholarships to continue on to earn a baccalaureate (four-year) degree at Augsburg College.

Please note: Applicant and family data is not shared with other agencies

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Graduate in 2016 from one of the following schools:
    • Minneapolis public, alternative, or participating charter high school
    • Saint Paul public, alternative, or participating charter high school
    • Brooklyn Center
    • Columbia Heights
    • Destination: Diploma to Degree (successful participants)
    • Henry Sibley Senior High
    • Richfield
    • Robbinsdale Armstrong
    • Robbinsdale Cooper
    • Roseville Area Senior High
    • Simley Senior High
    • South St. Paul Senior High
    • Tartan Senior High
    • Woodbury Senior High
  • Meet the family adjusted gross income cap of $75,000
  • Take the assessment tests and score above ABE in two or more placements
  • Complete the application process between Jan. 1 and June 1, 2016
  • Submit your final high school transcript or a copy of your high school diploma
  • Provide proof of DACA or U-Visa Status (other statuses will be decided on an individual basis)
  • Acceptance into the Star Scholars program is by invitation only

A college education is an important and necessary step to reach your personal and career goals. By 2010, two-thirds of the jobs will require education and skills beyond high school. Learn more about why you should get a degree

How will the Star Scholars help me succeed in college?

  • Along with awarded federal and state grant dollars, Star Scholars will enable you to attend college tuition-free
  • All Power of You support events and the Power of You Student Center (T.2950) are available to Star Scholars
  • Being a part of the MCTC program with the highest retention rate (over 88 percent)
  • Together with your Star Scholar advisor you will develop an academic plan and receive intensive support and guidance through one of the lowest advisor to student ratios of any program
  • Mandatory seminars and workshops help you develop critical thinking skills to perform academically and grow personally
  • The program provides opportunities for you to engage with your peers, faculty and professional staff
  • The Star Scholars program helps you integrate what is taught in the classroom with activities outside of the classroom
  • Star Scholars connects you to various MCTC support services that ease your transition to college
  • The program provides an opportunity to build your social capital and civic engagement by fulfilling your 20-hour a semester community service requirement
  • As an MCTC student, you have access to the Student Health Clinic
  • The Star Scholars program offers guidance and support regarding your citizen status and exposure to opportunities offered to undocumented people through NAVIGATE MN

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Additional Resources

For more information, contact:

Estefania Navarro
Program Advisor
Phone: 612-707-2652

Lauro Clara-Flores
Program Assistant
Phone: 612-229-2589

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