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Grants enable Minot State’s POWER Center to remain dedicated to student growth

In January 2011, the POWER (Providing Opportunities with Enhanced Resources) Center staff moved into their new office in Minot State University’s Student Center as part of a Title IV grant. That grant was recently renewed, and the center received an additional grant that focuses on the needs of students with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Education grants, totaling $440,000 per year through 2020, provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements and motivate students toward completing their postsecondary education.

“The POWER Center offers support to students who possess rising potential but need support, motivation and confidence to succeed with their university education,” said Holly Major, POWER Center director.

To be eligible to participate in the POWER Center, an individual must be currently enrolled or accepted for full-time enrollment at Minot State in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and meet at least one of three qualifications. The qualifications are being a first-generation college student, being income eligible (family taxable income is at or below federally determined guidelines) or having a documented disability.

Services the POWER Center provides to students include:

  • Academic tutoring, directly or through other services provided by the institution, which may include instruction in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science and other subjects, to enable students to complete postsecondary courses.
  • Advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection and priority registration.
  • Information on financial aid programs, benefits and resources for locating public and private scholarships and help in completing financial aid applications.
  • Education or counseling services to improve the financial literacy and economic literacy of students, including financial planning for postsecondary education.
  • Activities designed to assist students in achieving career and academic success.

POWER Center staff members are Major, Tiffany Fylling, advising coordinator, Connie Blair, tutoring and mentoring coordinator, and Keryl Lesmann, program assistant. In the photo left to right, they are Lesmann, Blair, Major and Fylling. The POWER Center, as a TRiO-Student Support Services program, strives to increase the retention and graduation of its participants and help students move from one level of higher education to the next. To apply for the POWER Center program, visit or contact 858-4402 or



Published: 07/21/15

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