One year after a successful inaugural event, the second annual First Generation Initiative SOAR Breakfast at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the Saint Mary’s University Center in Minneapolis. The free, public event, which includes breakfast and a program, will be held from 7:30–8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

CAPTION: a group of college graduates from the First Generation Initiative celebrate their achievement.

Last year’s event raised more than $186,000 for the First-Generation Initiative (FGI) that prepares and supports first-generation undergraduate students at the Winona campus. To date, there are 35 college students who have received FGI scholarships.

In 2015, 25 first-generation students will receive scholarship assistance, including 16 new students who have been offered FGI scholarship aid. The university is proud to celebrate the graduation of the first nine full scholarship recipients on May 10.

Speakers at this year’s breakfast include Vice President of Saint Mary’s Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs Brother Robert Smith, FSC, Chair of the FGI Advisory Board Mary Ann Remick CST ’64, Event Chair Dan Hunt ’78 and Director of First-Generation Initiative Jane Anderson CST ’62.

“First generation students don’t have the support that comes from parents who know how to negotiate college,” Anderson said. “Access to college doesn’t do it; kids come in and need really extraordinary help. We need to invest in our young people, particularly our young people of color. They are the ones who are going to build the American dream.”

FGI is part of the university’s strategic goal to grow philanthropic support for scholarships and other initiatives.

Click here to register for this event.

About Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. A private Lasallian Catholic institution, Saint Mary’s offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs. About 1,200 students are enrolled in the residential undergraduate college in Winona, established in 1912. Approximately 4,300 students  are enrolled in the schools of graduate and professional programs, which offers master’s and  doctoral degrees, as well as bachelor’s degree completion, certificate and specialist programs. The university delivers education to adults through campuses in Winona, Minneapolis and Nairobi, Kenya; centers in Apple Valley, Rochester and Oakdale; and at numerous other locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Jamaica. Saint Mary’s is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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