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Star Scholars

What is the Star Scholars program?

The Avelino Mills-Novoa Fellowship

The 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 2 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 currently has 45 Star Scholars, boasting a retention rate of over 88 percent.

Applications are due June 30th, 2018 and will be awarded based on date of application completion and merit.

Star Scholars funds do not pay for books and transportation costs.

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

  • Graduate from high school in Spring of 2018 and submit your final high school transcript or a copy of your high school diploma
  • Meet the family adjusted gross income cap of $75,000
  • Take the Accuplacer assessment tests and score above ABE (Adult Basic Education) in Reading, Writing & Math
  • Complete the MN Dream Act application process between January 1, 2018 and June 1, 2018
  • Provide proof of DACA, U-Visa Status or Temporary Protection Status (other statuses will be decided on an individual basis); if eligible. Undocumented students are encouraged to apply
  • Acceptance into the Star Scholars program is by invitation only.
  • 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) and lowest student to advisor ratio of any program in the college
  • Together with your Star Scholar advisor you will develop an academic plan and receive intensive support and guidance
  • Mandatory Student Success seminars to help you develop critical thinking skills to perform academically and grow personally
  • 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 a 10-hour per 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.

For more information, contact:

Vladimir Dircio
Latino Student Recruiter
Phone: 612-200-5443
Office: T.2500

Terrell Webb
Power of YOU/Star Scholars Academic Advisor
Phone: 612-659-6722
Office: T.2500

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