Act Six Leadership & Scholarship Initiative

Whitworth University (WA)

The Act Six Leadership & Scholarship Initiative program at Whitworth University recruits and trains urban students with low-income, first-generation, and minority backgrounds.

In addition to a pre-college orientation, students in the program receive support from faculty and the university's student affairs staff, including seminars and advising. More than 67 percent of those in the program are first-generation college students, and 79 percent are from low-income families.

Funding comes from the institution, government grants, and private donations.

Bottom Line:  Retention from first to second year averages 90 percent or above.

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