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South High Counselor Awarded $5,000

Kevin Formolo, school counselor at Sheboygan South High School, was one of 45 Wisconsin educators awarded a total of $225,000 by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation for providing critical support and encouragement to their students as they prepare for and pursue postsecondary education. The middle and high school educators serve in schools designated as low-income by the U.S. Department of Education and tirelessly work to promote college access for the success of their students and their community.

The College Access Champion Award recognizes Wisconsin educators who demonstrate a passion for helping students in low-income communities achieve their dreams of going to college. Each recipient receives up to $5,000 to be applied toward his/her own federal student loan debt. The award recognizes that many educators borrowed federal student loans to fund their own college education and rewards them for helping another generation of students make that journey. A full list of award recipients is available at http://mygreatlakes.org/collegeaccesschampion.

Formolo was instrumental in bringing the Accuplacer, the technical college entrance exam, into South free of charge. "After one year the number of students taking the ACCUPLACER tripled when compared to the 2006-07 school year," Formolo reported.

On a more global scale, Formolo has been a leader working with Governor Doyle's Office of the Wisconsin Covenant. "The Wisconsin Covenant Scholars Program is a program to inform, encourage, and support students entering high school to pursue post secondary education beyond high school," stated Formolo. His work at the state level has helped ensure that all students taking part in the Wisconsin Covenant Scholars Program are receiving timely and relevant information.

"The College Access Champion Award recognizes the importance of educational access for low- income and first generation students - students who are the least likely to go to college," said Richard D. George, President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes. "We want to honor those educators who not only help their students see the power of higher education, but give them the skills and encouragement to achieve it. Without a doubt, our College Access Champions are building better and brighter futures for their students and communities."

For more information about Great Lakes' outreach initiatives, contact Amy Kerwin at 608-246-1785.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
June 26, 2009