Jackson, Mississippi — Get2College, the signature program of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF), has launched the inaugural Get2College Corps, a yearlong paid internship to assist students around the state with FAFSA completion. The 17-person team is composed of members of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honors society for two-year college students.
Completing the FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is an important first step for students seeking financial aid for college. The FAFSA determines a prospective or current college student’s eligibility for financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education, and colleges may also use the FAFSA to award their own scholarships and grants. Students who complete the FAFSA are more than 50 percent more likely to enroll in college than those who do not.
During the 2016-2017 school year, Get2College held 250 events at high schools around the state to assist students and their families with FAFSA completion. This year, Get2College Corps members will be deployed around the state to meet the high demand. Each member will receive a $5,000 award ($2,500 for each semester) as compensation for 10 weeks of service at their community college or another designated site. The Get2College Corps draws its members from a variety of locations, such as Olive Branch, Ridgeland, and Biloxi, and their fields of study are as diverse as Marine Science, Social Work, and Accounting.
“We’re excited for this pilot team to be working with students across the state,” said Kierstan Knaus, Assistant Director for Get2College, who leads the Get2College Corps program. “The Corps members have a unique avenue to not only give back to their hometown and surrounding regions, but also to share vital knowledge of financial aid planning and FAFSA completion with their peers.”
WHEF and the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation have previously collaborated to create the Golden Opportunity Scholarship, which funded 755 Phi Theta Kappa memberships for low-income students over the last school year.
“Because our missions are so closely aligned, Phi Theta Kappa’s partnership with WHEF and Get2College is a perfect match,” said Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “Through this internship program, our members are not only helping more Mississippi families complete the FAFSA, but they are also receiving valuable internship experience and a generous scholarship.”
2017-2018 Get2College Corps Members
Coahoma Community College
Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Michael “Alex” Hamilton
East Central Community College
Hinds Community College
Carlos Martinez Mata
Holmes Community College
Itawamba Community College
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Northwest Mississippi Community College
Pearl River Community College
Southwest Community College
Get2College (G2C), the flagship program of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation, is committed to providing excellent college planning services to Mississippi families to help students get to college and be successful there. The program offers free, comprehensive help to plan, prepare, and pay for education after high school as well as support for students to persist through and complete their education. For more information, visit get2college.org.
About Woodward Hines Education Foundation
The Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF) is committed to helping more Mississippians obtain postsecondary credentials, college certifications, and degrees that lead to meaningful employment. Since its inception, WHEF has worked to increase college access and entry for young people in Mississippi and has expanded that work to support promising practices that lead to college persistence and completion.