Cycles of Success


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Applications are due on Friday, April 1, 2016.

You should apply now if you will be graduating in June, in the summer or fall of 2015 from Austin High School and Pacelli Catholic Schools.

  • Scholarships range from $1,000 to more than $6,000 per year depending on family income.
  • Scholarship can be used at any Riverland Community College campus or for online courses.
  • Funds can be used for tuition and other school expenses.
  • Students will continue to receive the scholarship each semester as long as they maintain at least a “C” average and complete at least 67% of the credits they are registered for.


Riverland staff will answer questions and help you complete the Cycles for Success and the financial aid application forms. You and your family are invited to AHS Christgau Hall for help on these evenings:

  • Monday, February 23 at 12:00 p.m. OR at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 4 at 12:00 p.m. OR at 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 9 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m.
  • There will be an additional financial aid presentation in Christgau Hall in Austin High School on January, 8th at 6p.m. You are welcome to come to this session too!


What is Cycles for Success?

Cycles for Success is a scholarship program for underrepresented students who are graduates of Austin High School and Pacelli High School to attend Riverland Community College.  The Hormel Foundation of Austin, MN has provided the funding for the program.  Cycles for Success will provide eligible students with both financial and academic support to earn a certificate, diploma or degree at Riverland.

Cycles for Success will inspire students at Austin and Pacelli High Schools to graduate and then pursue their college education locally and thus provide employers with a skilled workforce in high-wage, high-demand occupations. An overarching assumption of this proposal is that educating young people is a prudent investment in the workforce, economic, and community development of the Austin area.

Who is eligible for Cycles for Success?

"Traditionally underrepresented students" refers to students who typically do not go to college and have one or more of the following characteristics:

  1. First generation, meaning neither one of the student's parents received a Bachelor's degree (4-year degree)
  2. Low-income family based on federal guidelines
  3. Middle fifty-percent of their graduating class
  4. Member of an ethnic or racial minority (African Americans/ Black, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, and multiracial)

In specific instances, other groups of students may be considered underrepresented. For example, in a traditionally female discipline like nursing, males may be considered “underrepresented.”

How will Cycles for Success help traditionally underrepresented students?

Cycles for Success will

  1. Remove financial barriers to postsecondary enrollment
  2. Provide enhanced support services to improve academic success at high school and college levels
  3. Extend outreach to Austin and Pacelli High School students to raise expectations and preparation
  4. Use project results to inform long-term public policy decisions regarding college accessibility, student success, and workforce development


Yesenia Mendoza
Enrollment Advisor & Multicultural Programs Coordinator
1900 8th Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912
Office: 507-433-0644

Nel Zellar
Director of Admissions & New Student Relations
1900 8th Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912
Office: 507-433-0832