Create opportunities for success. Mount Mary University’s Promise Program is a federally funded program that provides academic, career and financial support to 140 first-generation and limited-income college students each year. The program supports students to remain in good academic standing, persist in college and graduate with a bachelor’s degree.
Benefits of the Promise Program
Established in 2010, the Promise Program provides the following academic and social support services:
- Academic advising—Work with an academic adviser to ensure proper course selection and completion of
degree requirements, as well as assistance creating and monitoring academic, career
and personal goals.
Did you know?
Promise Program Participant Stats:
Ninety-four percent (94%) of Promise Scholars at Mount Mary are in good academic standing with a ninety-one percent (91%) who persisted from one academic year to the next.
- Academic and social skills workshops—Workshops each semester focus on topics such as time management, study techniques, resume and cover letter writing, stress management and writing.
- Career development—Learn about researching career options, identifying job shadow opportunities, performing mock interviews and writing resumes and cover letters.
- Financial literacy information and training—Get assistance with financial aid planning and scholarship searches, as well as attend interactive informational sessions about managing personal budgets.
- Advanced degree planning—Work with Promise Program staff to identify potential graduate schools and programs, prepare for entrance exams, and navigate graduate-level admission and financial aid processes.
- Cultural and educational enrichment—Enhance self-awareness and increase your sense of belonging through community-building activities with other students.
- Counseling—A counselor is available for confidential short-term and/or crisis counseling sessions and can make referrals to community resources.
- Professional tutoring—Schedule 30-60 minute appointments with tutors Monday through Friday during the academic year for assistance with study skills and courses in math, physical science, biological science and writing.
- Supplemental grant aid—Promise Scholars who are already receiving Pell Grants may still have unmet financial need. If you actively engage in the Promise Program, you may qualify for additional monetary aid. Federal government and Mount Mary University eligibility requirements apply.
Eligibility for the Promise Program
The Promise Program serves students throughout their first undergraduate career. To be eligible for the Promise Program, you must:
- be a U.S. citizen or national, or meet residency requirements for federal student financial assistance
- be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in the next academic year at Mount Mary University
- have a demonstrated academic need for Promise Program services
- be first-generation (no parent/legal guardian obtained a bachelor’s degree) and be limited-income (see the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education income guidelines.)
Apply to the Promise Program
Complete and email/submit in person, a Promise Program Application (PDF) AND a copy of your 2015 tax return to: