Opportunity to Rise Award

The Opportunity to Rise Award helps non-traditional students who seek to overcome adversity through education.

Demonstrated adversity can take many forms, but examples include: severe academic struggles, substance abuse, homelessness, disability or debilitating health issues, caregiving, involvement with the criminal justice system or a less-than-supportive home life.

This is an renewable award of about $500 for unpredictable expenses (fees, books, supplies or equipment) in pursuit of a college degree. This award is part of the Opportunity Rising initiative of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

Applicants should be: non-traditional students who live in southern St. Louis, Carlton or Douglas Counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin. They must have been accepted to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Lake Superior College or the Superior campus of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. They must pursue an associate’s degree and enroll in enough credits to be considered half- or full-time students. They must show financial need and be an enrolled participant in a student support services program.