September 28, 2010
Written by Kate Lepard
The mentors in the PEGASUS program are available to help develop peer relationships vital to being successful in college.
After nine years of providing support services to first-generation college students, the Texas Tech PEGASUS Program was selected from several competitive applicants to receive a $74,800 grant.
The grant, which was one of 50 awards selected out of a pool of 359 applicants, was approved by the TG Public Benefit Program's board of directors. The grant money will be used to support first-generation college students through academic advising, mentoring and outreach programming.
A new component of the program is the residential learning community, created in partnership with university housing. The funding will be used to support additional mentoring in the learning community environment with the ultimate goal of raising students' GPAs and increasing persistence.
Approximately $30,000 of TG funding will support need-based aid for 60 students participating in the program.
The PEGASUS Program's ultimate goal is to help first-generation college students find success in higher education with long-term potential impact. The receipt of this grant will provide many opportunities during 2010-2011.
"Receipt of this grant strengthens our position nationally as a premier first generation college student program," said Jodi Gonzalez, unit assistant director for the Office of the Provost. "This will hopefully lead to additional outside funding and growth of the program here at Texas Tech.
The TTU PEGASUS Program seeks to make exploration, innovation, and academic success attainable realities for First Generation College (FGC) Students. First and second year students as well as transfer students can be assigned to a student mentor. Our mentors are juniors and seniors in the program and are here to help develop peer relationships that are proven to be vital to your success while in college.