SPARTANBURG, S.C. (courtesy converse.edu) — Power:Ed has awarded $25,000 to Converse University’s Trailblazer Expansion Program. The Trailblazer Program is a first-year success program for Converse First-Generation students. The program serves incoming and current Converse students who identify as one whose parent or guardian has not received a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. This provides a smooth transition to college for first-generation students through mentorship networks as well as academic and social resources.
“The vibrant Trailblazer program at Converse is at the heart of our mission to empower our students with a transformative educational experience,” said Converse University President Boone Hopkins. “We are honored to be the recipients of this Power:Ed grant that will enable Converse to grow new opportunities for our first-generation students and enhance our Trailblazer experience to be even more dynamic and impactful.”
In addition, the Trailblazer program is building a first-generation community, allowing students to develop their voices and advocate for themselves as they prepare for a successful transition to the workforce.
The Power:Ed grant will go towards trailblazer monthly workshops, a mentoring program for first-gen students and a week-long celebration each year for trailblazers, amongst other goals within the program.