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Why Hormel Inspired Pathways?

Pre-college outreach programs significantly improve the likelihood of college enrollment for underrepresented students. In fact, research has shown that programs like Inspired Pathways almost double the odds that a student will enroll in college after they graduate from high school. However, only about 5 percent of at-risk students reported participating in such programs. 

“In addition to setting expectations and providing a financial pathway to college, these programs also aid in establishing a college-going culture within the community. Students hear the message that everyone is expected to plan for their futures beyond high school and to consider college as an option.” (Glaser & Warick, 2016, p.7).

Research indicates that there are four key features to effective college access programming and Inspired Pathways was designed to address each.

1. Help students navigate the college admissions process 

Helping students complete college applications and prepare for entrance exams are the most important predictors of enrollment. Programs with the strongest evidence for effectiveness, all include this component. (Horn & Chen, 1998)

The Hormel Inspired Pathways program is designed to teach students about each aspect of the college and financial aid process. Our program and workshops walk students through this process while also providing access to college admissions professionals if and when they have questions along the way.

2. Prepare students academically 

Access to a college preparatory curriculum while in high school is one of the most critical variables for helping students gain access to postsecondary education (Corwin, Colyar, & Tierney, 2005; Cabrera & La Nasa, 2001; Perna, 2000). 

The Inspired Pathways’ workshops discuss what colleges are looking for in applicants and how high schools students can gain access to the programs, courses, and experiences that will give them the best chance of being admitted into their top choice college. 

3. Provide support

Support is a predictor of college attendance and completion (Perna, 2000). Social support helps students see college as a realistic option. Students are more likely to plan to attend college if they are in an environment that promotes college enrollment. (Hossler, Schmit, & Vesper, 1999).

Inspired Pathways’ mentoring program provides students with a Hormel mentor, who works with their mentee to help them believe that college is in their future. Through instruction and support from the Inspired Pathways Director and advisors, mentors have all the tools they need to offer this crucial support. 

4. Involve and encourage parents/family 

Students with parents who are knowledgeable about college are more likely to attend college. Effective outreach programs address this predictor by involving parents and other family members, providing college information to parents, and teaching parents how to support their children’s education (Perna, 2002; Corwin et al., 2005; Swail & Perna, 2002). 

Inspired Pathways starts with the parents, fostering involvement from the beginning. Throughout the program, students and parents are asked to engage with our college planning workshops, and have the opportunity to work one-on-one with the Inspired Pathways Director and advisors.

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Osceola Foods creates hope for families of students looking to further their education

December 31, 2020 | Osceola Sentinel-Tribune

A common way to lower the full cost of a college education is to get a two-year degree from a community college, then, continue to a college that offers a four-year degree.

One problem is that tuition for a two-year degree from a community college is still be too expensive for many families…

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Hormel Foods Named one of America’s Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek for the Second Year in a Row

December 30, 2020 | Yahoo News

AUSTIN, Minn., Dec. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), a global branded food company, was recently named of one America’s Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek magazine for the second year in a row. Hormel Foods was ranked No. 161 out of the top 400 companies recognized for their corporate responsibility performance…

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Promise Programs

Wisconsin

State wide Programs

Badger Promise

available to first-generation Wisconsin students that transfer into the University of Wisconsin-Madison from a two-year Associate’s degree program. The Promise covers four semesters and can be used at University of Wisconsin-Madison for the general education requirements needed for an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Students can attend college full or part time to receive the Promise.

For more information visit

financialaid.wisc.edu/types-ofaid/badger-promise

Contact information

Karla Weber, University Relations Specialist & Financial Aid

(608) 262-4942

karla.weber@wisc.edu

Bucky’s Tuition Promise

available to Wisconsin students from families making $58,000 or less. The Promise covers four or more semesters and can be used at University of Wisconsin-Madison for the general education requirements needed for an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree.

For more information visit

financialaid.wisc.edu/types-of-aid/tuition-promise

Contact information

(608) 262-3060

Local Programs

Madison College Scholars of Promise

Available to graduates from an MATC high school with a minimum junior year GPA of 2.25 and an estimated family contribution of $5,486 or less. The Promise covers 91 four or more semesters and can be used at Madison Area Technical College for a vocational award. Additionally, the Promise provides support including mentoring. Must enroll full time to receive Promise.

For more information visit

madisoncollege.edu/scholars-of-promise

Contact information

(608) 246-6036

ScholarsofPromise@madisoncollege.edu 

Parkside Promise Plus

Available to Wisconsin high school graduates who have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and an expected family contribution of $1,500 or less. The Promise covers four or more semesters and can be used at University of Wisconsin-Parkside for the general education requirements needed for an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the Promise provides support including counseling, mentoring, and summer orientation. Must enroll full time to receive Promise.

For more information visit

uwp.edu/apply/promise.cfm

Contact information

(262) 595-2355

promise@uwp.edu

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Pennsylvania

State wide Programs

Give Something Back Foundation
(Pennsylvania Scholars)

Available to Pennsylvania residents who are Pell-eligible and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students must enroll in ninth grade by attending an information session, completing the College Cost Estimator, attending a Turn Back Night, and completing the online application. The Promise covers four or more semesters and can be used at Williamson College of the Trades or West Chester University or a vocational award or for the general education requirements needed for an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the Promise provides support including textbook vouchers, housing assistance, career services, financial education, mentoring, and counseling. Must enroll full time to receive the Promise.

For more information visit

giveback.ngo/pennsylvania-scholars

Contact Information

(888) 383-9877

PAinfo@giveback.ngo

The Octavius Catto Scholarship

Available to first-time, full-time college students of the Community College of Philadelphia who are graduates of a Philadelphia high school, PA cyber charter, or homeschool program, and were Philadelphia residents for at least 12 months. Students must complete the FAFSA and document an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) below $8,000, as well as meet predetermined college readiness requirements. The Promise provides last-dollar funding for up to three years for a vocational award or for the general education requirements needed for an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the Promise provides various academic resources and services, such as support toward the cost of books, food, transportation, career coaches and advisors, and connection to existing resources like affordable housing, childcare, and other services.

For more information visit

https://www.ccp.edu/catto

Contact Information

(215) 751-8000

Local Programs

Pittsburgh Promise

available to students who are enrolled in a Pittsburgh Public School, or one of its charters, continuously, since at least the beginning of ninth grade. They must be residents of the City of Pittsburgh, continuously since at least the beginning of ninth grade, must maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPA, and a minimum attendance record of 90%. If students have a GPA of 2.0-2.49 and thus do not meet the GPA requirement, they are eligible to enroll in The Promise Extension Program at CCAC. There, they must complete nine credits per semester and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. Students who complete a full year in the Extension Program become fully Promise eligible. The Promise covers four or more semesters and can be used at any accredited college, university, or trade and technical school in Pennsylvania for a vocational award or for the general education requirements needed for an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the Promise provides support in career services and books.
For more information visit

pittsburghpromise.org

Contact information

(412) 281-7605

info@pittsburghpromise.org

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Minnesota

State wide Programs

Minnesota State Reconnect

Available to Minnesota residents between the ages of 25 and 61 who have not completed a college award/degree but have completed 15 or more college credits. Additionally, eligible students cannot have been enrolled at an institution for the two academic years prior to enrolling in Reconnect. The Promise can be used at Inver Hills Community College, Lake Superior College, Riverland Community College, or South Central College for a vocational award or for the general education requirements needed for an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. The Promise provides support including career services, financial education, competency-based education, childcare, counseling, mentoring, food assistance, and transportation benefits. Students can attend college full or part time to receive the Promise.

For more information visit

mnreconnect.com

University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship (U Promise)

Available to Minnesota residents with family incomes below $120,000. The Promise covers four or more semesters and can be used at University of Minnesota for the general education requirements needed for a Bachelor’s degree. Must enroll full time to receive the Promise.

For more information visit

upromise.umn.edu

Contact the appropriate UM campus:

Crookston

umc-fa@umn.edu

(800) 862-6466

Duluth

(800) 232-1339

Morris

(888) 866-3382

Rochester

(507) 258-8457

Twin Cities

onestop@umn.edu

(612) 624-1111

Local

Austin Assurance Scholarship

Available to graduates of Austin/Pacelli Public Schools who have a minimum 2.5 GPA, 18 ACT, and have completed the Be Your Best College Prep Summer Academy at Riverland Community College. Students must be residents within the APS district and the recipient’s fund amount is determined by length of time in the school district. The Promise covers four semesters and can be used at Riverland Community College for a vocational award or for the general education requirements needed for an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the Promise provides support including textbook vouchers. Students 56 can attend college full or part time to receive the Promise.

For more information visit

austinassurance.org

Contact information

Katelyn Flatness, Riverland TRIO/Support Services

(507) 433-0636

katelyn.flatness@riverland.edu 

The Power of YOU (POY)

Available to financial aid-eligible graduates of Saint Paul or Minneapolis public schools, Brooklyn Center Secondary, Columbia Heights High School, Henry Sibley High School, Richfield High School, Robbinsdale Cooper High School, Roseville Area High School, Simley High School, South St. Paul Secondary, or Woodbury High School who meet income requirements and take the Accuplacer. The Promise covers four semesters and can be used at Saint Paul College or Minneapolis Community and Technical College for a vocational award or for the general education requirements needed for an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the Promise provides supports including career services, counseling and mentoring and has a privately funded incentive program assists students with the cost of books, transportation, meal cards and personal emergency use. Students must apply in their senior year of high school and must enroll full time to receive the Promise.

For more information visit

saintpaul.edu/admissions/power-of-you-program

Contact information

Sarah Butler, Program Director

(651) 846- 1325

sarah.butler@saintpaul.edu

You can also visit

minneapolis.edu/admissions/poweryou-poy

Contact Information

Arcelle Taylor, The Power of YOU Director

(612) 659-6171

powerofyou@minneapolis.edu

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Kansas

State wide programs

Mallouk Give Back Scholarship (Kansas Scholars)

Available to students who have faced adverse challenges during their youth—such as the incarceration of a parent, homelessness, or foster care. Students must enroll in ninth grade by attending an information session, completing the College Cost Estimator, attending a Turn Back Night, and completing the online application. The Promise is available for four or more semesters and can be used at Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, Wichita State University, or Baker University for a vocational award or for the general education requirements needed for an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the Promise provides support including textbook vouchers, transportation benefits, food assistance, housing assistance, career services, mentoring, and counseling. Must enroll full time to receive the Promise.

For more information visit

giveback.ngo/petermallouk/kansas-scholars/

Contact information

(888) 383-9877

KSinfo@giveback.ngo

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Illinois

State wide programs

Give Something Back Foundation (Illinois Scholars)

Available to residents of the state of Illinois. To qualify for the Give Back scholarship program, students must have a 3.0 weighted GPA and be eligible for a full federal Pell Grant. Students in 9th grade, must attend an information session and complete an application process. Special consideration will be given to any student that has ever been in foster care, homeless, or has a parent that has been incarcerated. The Promise covers four semesters and can be used Blackburn College, Illinois State University, Lewis University, and University of Illinois towards an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the Promise provides support including counseling. Must be a fulltime student to receive the Promise.

For more information visit

https://www. giveback.ngo/scholars-illinois

Contact information

(815)-834-8400

info@giveback.ngo 

Illinois Promise

Available to Illinois residents under the age of 24 who graduated from an Illinois public school, and demonstrate financial need through the FAFSA. Students must have an expected family contribution of $0 and total family assets below $50,000. The Promise covers four or more semesters and can be used at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for general education. Additionally, the Promise provides support including textbook vouchers, housing assistance, food assistance, and mentoring. Must enroll full time to receive the Promise.

For more information visit

ipromise.illinois.edu

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Indiana

State wide programs

21st Century Scholars

Available to Indiana residents who enroll in seventh or eighth grade at an Indiana school recognized by the Indiana Department of Education. Students must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 and meet income eligibility guidelines to receive the financial benefit. The Promise covers four or more semesters and can be used statewide for a vocational award or for the general education requirements needed for an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Must attend full time to receive the Promise.

For more information visit

Scholars.in.gov

Contact information

(888) 528-4719

info@che.in.gov.21st 

Century Scholarship Covenant

available to 21st Century Scholars who are admitted to Indiana University and demonstrate unmet financial need. The Promise covers four or more semesters and can be used at Indiana University-Bloomington for a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the Promise provides support including career services, counseling, and mentoring. Must attend full time to receive the Promise.

For more information visit

scholarships.indiana.edu/scholarships/individual/21st-century

Contact information

(812) 855-5779

achieve@indiana.edu


Indiana Workforce Ready Grant

Available to Indiana residents who are high school graduates but do not yet have a college degree. The Promise covers four semesters and can be used toward eligible high-value certificate programs at Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University, or other approved providers for a vocational award. Dependent students must attend full time (typically four courses) and financially independent students can attend part time (typically two classes).

For more information visit

in.gov/che/4773.htm

Contact information

Liz Walker, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Convenings

(317) 232-1030

nextleveljobs@che.in.gov


Next Level Jobs

Available to all Indiana residents, the Promise covers tuition in a high-demand certificate program from Ivy Tech, Vincennes University or other approved training provider. Certificate programs include: Advanced Manufacturing, Building & Construction, Health & Life Sciences, Information Technology & Business Services, and Transportation & Logistics. Must be a full time student to receive the Promise.

For more information visit

http://www.nextleveljobs.org

Contact information

(866) 591-5018

Questions@NextLevelJobs.org


Purdue Promise

Available to 21st Century Scholars who are admitted to Purdue University, demonstrate unmet financial need, and have an expected family income below $50,000. The Promise covers four or more semesters and can be used at Purdue University (West Lafayette) for the general education requirements needed for a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the Promise provides support including counseling and mentoring. Must attend full time to receive the Promise.

For more information visit

purdue.edu/purduepromise

Contact information

Michelle Ashcraft, Director

(765) 494-6357

purduepromise@purdue.edu

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Iowa

State wide programs

Future Ready Iowa

Available to Iowa residents who either enroll in a qualified program of study in the fall immediately following high school graduation OR are adult learners (age 20 and older) who enroll in a qualified program of study full time or part time. The Promise can be used statewide for a vocational degree/certificate at Iowa community colleges or accredited private colleges in Iowa that offer qualified programs of study and that agree to provide student services.

For more information visit

iowacollegeaid.gov/lastdollar

Contact Information

info@iowacollegeaid.gov

(515) 725-3400

List of eligible schools and degree/certificate programs: 

futurereadyiowa.gov/college-list

Local Programs

North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Promise

Available to graduates/ residents of a NIACC-area high school or homeschool with an expected family income below $10,000. The Promise covers four semesters and can be used at North Iowa Area Community College for a vocational award or for the general education requirements needed for an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Must enroll as a full-time student to receive the Promise. 

For more information visit

niacc.edu/admissions/tuition-and-aid/scholarships/niacc-promise

Contact Information

Dana Heimbuch, Financial Aid Advisor

(888) 466- 4222 x.4168

dana.heimbuch@niacc.edu