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ACI awarded challenge grant for peer mentoring at member colleges
Nov. 6, 2015

Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) secured a commitment for a $10,000 chalACI-logo-2clrlenge grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) for a program to expand its existing peer-mentoring program. The program is for first generation, minority and low-income students at member colleges and universities.

“Longitudinal studies at ACI show that the use of peer mentors — students trained to guide and assist students facing academic challenges — has proven to be a highly effective means of increasing retention rates in the target population,” said Mick Weltman, ACI executive director. “This project will enable ACI to bring three more member institutions into our peer mentoring program network.”

The grant is from CIC’s First Opportunity Partners program, funded by a grant from the UPS Foundation. To secure the CIC grant, ACI must first raise at least $10,000 from other corporations, foundations or individuals, Weltman said. When fully funded, the grant project will support projects to be implemented during the 2016-2017 academic year.

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