May 2019
Minnesota Private College Week 2019

Still time to register for late-June college visits
Now is the time for high school students and families to register for Minnesota Private College Week, which is held June 24-28. The event involves all 17 of our colleges.

Students win with increased state funds for need-based grants
Urged on by many college students and their supporters, legislators agreed to increase funding for the State Grant program by $18 million in legislation that passed the House and Senate at the very close of the 2019 session. State Grant awards help more than 80,000 low- and middle-income students afford college, whether they attend public or private institutions. When Gov. Tim Walz signs the legislation into law average grants will increase by $188 next year. In addition, by 2021 about 3,000 more students will receive the awards.

New issue of parent newsletter available
The summer issue of The Bridge: Parent News is now available online. Please share this useful resource with parents of college-bound students.

Commencement details
The 2019 undergraduate commencements continue into June; you can find a list of dates and commencement speakers on our website.

New student cohorts selected for three program scholarships
Thirty-one African-American men have been identified as new Eddie Phillips Scholars and Ciresi Walburn Scholars, program that combine funds for students to use to cover tuition costs in their junior and senior years with a set of leadership and personal development opportunities. Five students also were selected as new Phillips Scholars, a program that involves scholarship support and a student-directed summer community engagement project.

Two Minnesota private college students awarded Truman Scholarships
Karinna Gerhardt of Macalester College and Raie Gessesse of Hamline University were among 62 students nationwide selected to receive the scholarship. Institutions nominated students based on their records of leadership, public service and academic achievement.