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 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 currently has 45 Star Scholars, boasting a retention rate of over 88 percent. Applications are due June 1, 2017 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
What are the eligibility requirements?
- Graduate from high school in 2017 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 in two or more placements
- Complete the MN Dream Act application process between January 1, 2017 and June 1, 2017
- 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
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) 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 seminars and workshops 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 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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