Thanks to the continued generosity of the Dominion Foundation, the GED Scholars Initiative has supported GED graduates throughout their transition to higher education at Kent State University. Since 2005, more than 95 GED holders from Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lorain, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, and Wayne counties have participated in the GEDSI Bridges Program. GEDSI staff and students visit area social service agencies and Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) programs to motivate students to obtain their GED and to support GED graduates in their quest for higher education. Bridges participants learn about the application process and enrollment; financial aid; housing; maintaining a GPA; study strategies; technology; time management and budgeting. The $40 application fee for each incoming student is waived, and a flash drive and academic planner are given to each participant. In addition, participants also receive a $300 book scholarship to help defray costs for their first semester at Kent State University. Upon completion of the Bridges program, students are assigned to a peer mentor. Mentors are GED Scholars who have successfully completed two or more semesters at Kent State University. The GEDSI Peer2Peer mentoring program ensures students receive beneficial, on-going support and guidance by encouraging community building and promoting a positive, successful learning experience.
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