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Beloit College receives College Ready grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

Thursday, June 6, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT:Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

The Beloit College Pre-College Programs recently received a College Ready grant in the amount of $34,000 from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation to run the new ACT Ready Program. This grant will benefit 40 high school juniors from such local institutions as Beloit Memorial, Beloit Turner and South Beloit by helping to prepare them for academic success when they arrive at college.

ACT Ready, which will launch in September, was selected as a Great Lakes College Ready grant partner based on the strategies it has developed to prepare students to take the ACT test frequently used for college admissions.

“We are extremely excited about putting this grant into action with a rigorous ACT program that our kids need for greater college access,” said Stephanie King, director of the Help Yourself and Upward Bound Pre-College Programs. ACT Ready will be managed by King and Regina Hendrix, assistant director of Help Yourself.

ACT Ready will motivate and engage first-generation, low-income and minority students with strategic workshops, one-on-one assistance and practice tests with the goal of improving ACT test scores for a minimum of 85 percent of participants. Eligible participants can apply from Beloit Memorial’s Minority Excellence Organization, Emmanuel Baptist Church Youth Group, Upward Bound and Help Yourself.

Recruitment begins in August, and applicants may visit or call 608-363-2637 for more information.

Beloit College was one of 34 recipients to receive some of the more than $4 million in College Ready grant funds awarded by Great Lakes.

Great Lakes’ College Ready grant is designed to support programs that help students from traditionally underserved backgrounds—including students from low-income households, students of color, and those who are the first in their families to attend college—in grades 6 through 12 and adult learners arrive on campus ready to enroll in college-level courses. Recipient programs will provide services to students across Minnesota and Wisconsin during the upcoming academic year, helping a total of 4,000 students succeed in higher education, leading to a two- or four-year degree or other credential.

For more information on the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, click here.