Dominican Hosts Marin Education Fund’s Summer Application Institute

Fifty-four high school students will spend the week living and learning at Dominican University of California during the Marin Education Fund’s Summer Application Institute, August 1-5. The program has a 98 percent success rate at sending low-income, underrepresented students to college.

During the five-day program, the students will learn how to obtain financial assistance, complete the college application process, take part in test preparation activities, and participate in intensive writing clinics geared toward college and scholarship application essays. After attending the Summer Application Institute, students are matched with mentors with whom they meet throughout the year. Adult mentors provide the encouragement and experience students need to make college a reality.

This year’s Summer Application Institute will include the announcement of the winner of a new scholarship award given by Dominican through the Marin Education Fund. The Marin Future Promise Scholarship will recognize a high-achieving, economically disadvantaged local student who has attended the Summer Application Institute. The selected student will receive a half-tuition scholarship to Dominican for the 2006-2007 year. Beginning next year, Dominican will award one full-tuition scholarship and two half-tuition scholarships.

“We are deeply grateful to Dominican University of California for establishing these scholarship,” said Kim Mazzuca, president of Marin Education Fund. “These scholarships give even more meaning to the Summer Application Institute and helps to make a reality Marin Education Fund’s vision that ‘everyone should have a chance at college.’”

Posted August 1, 2006