Students who meet all of the following requirements are eligible to participate in HPSS:
First generation college student and/or low-income individual
If neither of your parents has obtained a bachelor’s degree from an institute of higher education in the United States, you qualify as first generation
Citizen or national of the United States or meets the residency requirements for Federal student financial assistance
Enrolled at Saint Mary’s College or accepted for enrollment in the next academic term
The HPSS program provides a range of services and individualized support:
Financial Support: Students that demonstrate financial need are eligible for grant aid of up to $4,000 per semester. This scholarship money is renewable as long as students remain in strong academic standing and are taking advantage of all required HPSS supports.
Summer Academic Institute for Leaders and Scholars (SAILS) – is an intensive summer residential program, includes earning units toward graduation and an opportunity to meet professors, advisors, peers, and peer mentors. The activities and classes focus on academic, psychosocial and cultural development. This component of our program is in high demand and space is limited, so priority will be given to students who apply early. It is not a requirement for you to participate in SAILS for you to be eligible for the academic year programming.
Peer Mentor Program – student mentors offer academic, personal, and professional support beginning in the SAILS Program and continuing throughout the students’ first two years at Saint Mary’s. Students in their third and fourth year are invited to apply to this paid leadership position, and have the opportunity to be a mentor to first and second year students.
Counseling – in addition to meeting with their faculty advisor, HPSS students meet regularly with a dedicated Graduate Student Counselor for frequent and focused individualized mentoring to help ensure steady progress toward academic, social, and personal goals.
HPSS First Year Advising Cohort – HPSS students enroll in HPSS FYAC, a partial credit course for both fall and spring semesters of their first year. This course, taught by student’s faculty advisor, provides academic support and guidance to set a solid foundation for high academic and personal achievement. Faculty assist students with essential academic skills such as time management, study habits, using campus resources effectively, and tracking self-progress. Students who join HPSS after their first year are not required to participate in FYAC.