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$100,000 Grant to Help Students Complete Degrees

Northwest Indian College in Lummi, Washington, is one of five colleges participating in a program to help increase the percentage of low-income students completing degree programs.

The college is a member of the Washington Campus Compact, which received $100,000 from the College Spark Washington Foundation in Seattle for the program, called The Graduation Project.

The project will enroll work-study college students in Students in Service, a part-time AmeriCorps program; students will volunteer between 300-900 hours and receive an education voucher to pay tuition and/or loans. Students will study and work together in groups, participate in leadership training, and perform community service.

The Graduation Project will incorporate “service, leadership training, learning communities and academic support (to help) work-study students complete their college degrees,” said Jennifer Dorr, executive director of Washington Campus Compact. She said the compact is evaluating strategies, such as The Graduation Project, that support students’ progress toward graduation.

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The Washington Campus Compact was established in 1992 to provide experiences for students to help them become engaged in their communities and further the civic and public purposes of higher education. The compact has 42 college and university members in the Northwest. It is an affiliate of Campus Compact, a national organization comprised of more than 1,100 colleges and universities.