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Northern Illinois University

2015 SPOY Recipient

The vision of Northern Illinois University is to be the premier student-centered, research-focused public university in the Midwest . Learn More..

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For nearly 50 years, College Now’s mission has been to increase college attainment in Greater Cleveland through college access advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship and retention services. College Now serves over 25,000 traditional students and adult learners each year in more than 175 locations, like schools, community centers and businesses. Since inception, College Now has awarded $65 million in need-based renewable scholarships to Greater Cleveland students. Scholarship recipients benefit from College Now’s Mentoring Program, which matches students with professionals in the community who help them navigate the college experience. As a result of the Mentoring Program, College Now scholarship recipients have a 97 percent first- to second-year retention rate, significantly higher than the 53 percent retention rate nationally among low-income students. College Now scholarship recipients also graduate from college at a rate four times that of the national average for low-income students. Read more at College Now Greater Cleveland

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