Financial Aid

$8,000 total distributed over two years

Professional Support and Guidance

To help you navigate college every step of the way

College-to-Career Programs

Mentors, internships, and more to help you with your next step

Donor Partner Connections

Get to know the people who invest in your education

Program Overview

Think IT is a professional development association, offered by York Solutions, for IT professionals with the mission to foster professional growth and development through the power of networking and collaboration. Most groups meet on a monthly basis in an informal, round table format with a different member from the group facilitating (not presenting) each session. Among other things, being a member of Think IT not only allows members to connect and collaborate with other IT professionals, but also allows them to be involved in a mentorship program and Link to Leadership, which is a leadership development program that directly benefits Genesys Works, a community partner of Wallin Education Partners.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Genesys Works Program Alumni who are not currently a Wallin Education Partners Scholar.
  • First year or sophomore college students who are currently enrolled full-time and pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a public or private nonprofit college or university in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, South Dakota or any Historically Black College or University in the Nation. 
  • Alums who demonstrate a significant financial need with a family income of $75,000 or less with low-to-moderate assets.
  • Alums with a college GPA of 2.0 or higher 
  • Alums who have an interest in pursuing a degree/profession in IT/IT-related industries (this is preferred, but not required)


Frequently Asked Questions: 

I am taking PSEO courses, can I apply for this program?

If you are still considered enrolled in high school, you cannot be considered for this opportunity.

I am currently enrolled at a community college, but I plan to transfer to a four-year college in the fall of 2019?

You are eligible to apply if you will be enrolled in a four-year college in the fall of 2019.

Will I be assigned a Wallin EP advisor if accepted into the program?

You will receive a Wallin EP advisor who will be with you throughout your entire time in college.

What are my expectations in the Think IT Young Professional program?

You will need to maintain a college GPA of 2.5, maintain your enrollment at one of our eligible colleges or universities, have good communication with the Wallin EP and Think IT team, submit regular updates to Wallin EP, and meet with your advisor quarterly.

Will I automatically be disqualified if I do not meet the minimum financial requirement?

If your family taxable income is at or over $75,000, it will NOT automatically disqualify you from our review process. Instead, our office will request additional financial information after the submission of your application and it will be reviewed by our independent financial review committee.

How can I determine that I’m at or below the $75,000 taxable income requirement?

This information is reported on your 2017 tax return and not within the student aid report (SAR) generated on the FAFSA.

In the financial section of the application, it will specifically ask you for this information and provide instructions to where it is located on your 2017 tax return.

I am unable to submit the FAFSA student aid report (SAR).

The application will have an alternative financial form available to download under the request for the FAFSA student aid report.

Students who cannot upload the student aid report will be able to download, complete, and upload the alternative financial form as a replacement.

I am filing as an independent student on the FAFSA.

The Think IT application will ask whether you are filing as a dependent or independent student and provide guidance as to how to navigate through the financial section. If you are unsure about whether you are an independent or dependent student, please check out this guide to understand your FAFSA dependency status.

When is the scholarship application available?

The application period is now open until March 1st, 2019.

My sibling is/was a Wallin Education Partner scholar, can I apply?

We do not have any limits on the number of family members who apply to our scholarship program; however, we do not give any preferential treatment to siblings/family members when making our selections.

Where can I find the application?

A link to the application is available above.

Contact Information

Taleya Hamilton, Senior Project Manager
Ellen Wolaner, Director of Finance and Operations
(952) 345-1920