Cycles of Success

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All students who will graduate in June 2014, after summer session or fall semester of 2014 should apply now. Applications are due on Monday, April 7, 2014. We encourage all students to apply online, but if you aren’t able to, you may ask your high school counselor for the paper application form. All students interested should apply, even if you do not meet all of the listed requirements. You could be selected for an award depending upon the number of applicants and their financial need.

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:

  • Wednesday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m.


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


Danielle Heiny