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Program Overview

Wallin Education Partners is excited to launch a new pilot program in 2019 called Opportunity Pathways Scholars. The program serves students who will attend a community college in fall 2019 on a full-time basis and who are seeking a degree in a high demand field of study.The ideal Opportunity Pathways Scholar is career-focused, ready to work hard to graduate and wants to earn a two-year degree. Scholars will be expected to participate in programming and activities that complement their classroom experience to build the skills necessary for employment immediately upon completion of their degree.


Minimum Eligibility Requirements 

To be eligible to apply for an Opportunity Pathways scholarship, you must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Graduating High School Senior (class of 2019) who is participating in one of the following Opportunity Pathways Programs:
    • AchieveMpls College & Career Programming
    • Burnsville High School
    • Genesys Works
    • St. Paul Public Schools
  • Unweighted High School GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Family taxable income of $75,000 or less and low/moderate assets
  • Plan to attend community college full-time at one of the partner community colleges starting Fall 2019:
    • Minneapolis College
    • Normandale Community College
    • St. Paul College
  • Plan to study and pursue a career in one of the following fields:
    • Information Technology
    • Business Management
    • Health Care
    • Manufacturing/Engineering Technology

Frequently Asked Questions

Who would be an ideal OP Scholar?

The ideal Opportunity Pathways Scholar is career-focused, ready to work hard to graduate and wants to earn a two-year degree.  Along with receiving a scholarship, students will be expected to participate in programming and activities that complement their classroom experience to build the skills necessary for employment immediately upon completion of their degree.

What if I don’t know what I want to major in yet, should I still apply?

The Opportunity Pathways Scholars program is designed for students who have made an informed decision about what they want to study and the career they hope to pursue. Students who apply will be asked to explain why they are choosing to study one of four fields: IT, Business Management, Health Care, or Manufacturing/Engineering Technology.  Students who are undecided should work with their guidance counselor, coaches, family members, mentors, and teachers to identify a potential career plan and degree program before applying to the program.

What if I’m planning to get my general courses out of the way before transferring to another college to get a bachelor’s degree? Should I still apply?

The Wallin EP Opportunity Pathways Scholars program is designed to help students who are interested in earning a two-year degree/certificate and then going straight into the workforce.  It is NOT intended for students who want to pursue a four-year degree and plan to attend a community college before completing their education at a four-year college or university.

I’m not sure if I want to attend a four-year college or a two-year college. Can I apply to BOTH Wallin Education Partners Scholarship programs since I’m not sure yet?

No. In this initial year, students will only be considered for one of the Wallin EP programs, NOT both.  Students will not have any advantage by applying to both programs.

How much money/financial aid will I receive as a scholar and what can I use it for?

Students need to meet the following requirements while they are in college to receive the scholarship:

  • Be a fulltime student
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA each semester, be making academic progress towards your degree.
  • Meet regularly with their Wallin EP Advisor
  • Complete mid-term and end of term progress reports each year throughout their time in the program.

Participate in at least two campus events each semester.

What is the additional programming that I am required to participate in as an Opportunity Pathways Scholar?

  • Attend New Scholar Orientation and New Scholar Celebration
  • Meet 2 times during the summer and 4 times per semester with their Wallin EP advisor
  • Meet once per term with their college advisor
  • Participate in one Campus-specific event each semester (ex. Career Center Resume writing workshop, study skills workshop, Multicultural Students Office event)
  • Participate in one Wallin EP event each semester (ex. service project, internship prep workshop, etc.)
  • Complete a LinkedIn profile and resume by end of the first term
  • Complete mid-term survey and end of term progress report each term.

What happens if I change my mind about what I want to study once I get to college?

Wallin Education Partners will work with you to determine the best next step for you in pursuit of your educational goals. However, you may become ineligible for the scholarship if you select a major/college outside the scope of the program.

Can I work and go to school at the same time and still be in the program?

Yes, we expect most, if not all, students will need to work. However, the Opportunity Pathways program is also meant to support students who plan to attend college full-time. Each college determines how many credits makes a student full-time (typically 13-15 credits). Check with your college to confirm what “full time enrollment” means and how that might impact any other financial aid available to you.

What do I need to include in my online application?

  • Have applied to one of our partner colleges
  • Know which major/career field you plan to study and why
  • Complete the FAFSA and have a student aid report (SAR) available to upload (and if you are not applying for federal aid, complete our alternate financial form)
  • Information on your family’s financial situation: benefits, tax information, and more
  • Complete three short answer questions along with background information
  • Names and contact information for two recommenders (one a teacher and another caring adult)
  • Enter your current GPA
  • Optional: submit ACT scores & ACCUPLACER test scores

What if I receive another scholarship or grant and that covers all my need? Am I still eligible for the program?

No.  The Opportunity Pathways Scholar program is designed for students who need both financial aid AND support.  If you have your financial need covered elsewhere, then your scholarship will be given to a student who does have financial need.

I was also awarded the Power of You scholarship. Am I still eligible for this program?

No. We want to be able to help as many students as possible. You will no longer be eligible for the Opportunity Pathways program. This allows us to help more students.

Where can I find the application?

A link to the application will be available on this page once the application period opens.


Contact Information

Melissa Burwell, Director of Scholar Programs
(952) 345-1922
info@wallinpartners.org