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The Onward and Upward program was created to provide a pathway for single parents and pregnant women in completing their education and achieving family financial stability and self-sufficiency. We aim to provide comprehensive wraparound social and financial support to overcome barriers to graduation.

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Program Components

  • Monthly scholarships up to $5,000 per year.
  • Emergency Financial Assistance for unexpected expenses.
  • Regular meetings with a Catholic Charities social worker. Mentoring to include budgeting, time management, learning styles, access to resources, and goal setting.
  • Students accepted into the Onward and Upward program will continue to receive services for 6 months after college graduation.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Single parent households
  • Pell Grant eligible (Provide an award letter)
  • Enrolled in a one or two year healthcare or dental care degree (Provide proof of enrollment)
  • Reside in the Mankato or Rochester area

Mankato Program: Applications for fall semester accepted June 1-30. Applications for Spring semester accepted November 1-30.

Rochester Program: Applications for fall semester accepted June 1-30. Applications for Spring semester accepted November 1-30.

Call 507-287-2047 for more information.

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