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.
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.
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.