College & Community Relations

Aims receives $115,750 grant to advance student retention

Submitted on: 08-14-2009

Aims Community College has received $115,750 to help fund efforts that will lead to greater opportunities and access to higher education and greater student success in preparing for and earning a college degree. The award comes from TG's Public Benefit Grant Program, a philanthropic initiative of TG, a nonprofit student loan guarantor based in Round Rock, Texas. The funds will be used to support the Aims Emerging Scholars program, which supports students who come to college with pre-college-level test scores in reading, English and math. "These students can get discouraged very easily," said Program Coordinator Marti Demarest. "In the Emerging Scholars program, we keep them motivated, keep them focused and keep them going." The grant will specifically support the program's peer mentoring, which provides the more advanced program participants with a job assisting newer students in the program with coursework and navigating the requirements of college. To qualify for the award, the college declared its intent to use grant funding to improve access to, or participation in postsecondary education, college retention, and student success, with a special emphasis on the project's benefit to students who are from low- to moderate-income families. "This grant award reflects our continued commitment to support programs that improve access to higher education particularly for low-income students," said Sue McMillin, TG president and CEO. "By supporting the Emerging Scholars program, we believe we are making a difference that not only impacts the students served, but also our communities and our nation as a whole." Aims was one of 55 nonprofit organizations selected for funding. Overall, TG awarded more than $6.2 million for projects in 2009-10. About TG: TG is a public, nonprofit corporation that helps create access to higher education for millions of families and students through its role as an administrator of the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). Its vision is to be the premier source of information, financing, and assistance to help all families and students realize their educational and career dreams. Additional information about TG can be found online at

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