Success starts in the mindset of the individual student when they first apply. While LSP is designed for a broad range of applicants, most are at risk youth or adults who exhibit strong personal, academic and career potential. Some are homeless, others are parents struggling in a low wage paying job with little hope of living pay check to pay check. Each applicant must be recommended by a high school counselor, social worker or professional of any kind.
Success in LSP also requires that selected students enter LSP with an open mind, and with enough courage to believe that their life will be transformed, if they put in the required effort. While all applicants have suffered some sort of major life setbacks or series of life struggles, selected scholars must be brave enough to explore their own potential and formulate lifelong goals. This scholarship does not require applicants have a certain GPA in high school. Many of our successful LSP students were good students in their younger years, showing great potential, but later met their biggest challenges in their formative high school years, some falling away from their studies after working long hours to support themselves.
Once admitted to the program, Lunalilo Scholars gain confidence, peer support, and skills. The LSP staff identify the needs of each scholar and provide the necessary academic tools and counseling resources to build a solid foundation for theses Scholar during their first year of college. They begin to see hope, and realize they can take steps to break the poverty cycle, find their purpose, and give back to their peers, and their community.
Upon completion of a Scholar’s first year, academic advising and personal counseling support continues for those students who remain at KCC. They also have an opportunity to become peer mentors to the next co-hort of LSP students, giving back to the program and staying connected to their support system.
Students will be the first to say, that there is a sense of caring and community in their one-year experience. Many will say it is the first scholarship they’ve ever been given, so their self confidence begins to rise as they approach this new journey. It starts with a mandatory summer program where the students and leaders spend time learning about each other, their community and the college experience, where within a short time they develop a sense of “family”. Students begin to realize the resources and opportunities available, including a process in which they develop their own “legacy” as it relates to the community and themselves. They meet the caring faculty and realize that being an Lunalilo Scholar means you are never alone, and there is always a way to overcome daily struggles. This is a major concept to many LSP students, who have had a lifetime of forging ahead with little emotional or financial support.
Lunalilo Scholars Program Director LaVache Scanlan knows how daunting the first year of college can be for students, especially for the at-risk population who are often the first in their families to attempt college.
Academics familiar with the first year struggles of college students appreciate the support the students get, because they come to class better equipped to focus on learning.
The practical matter of helping those in poverty requires LSP scholars to grow and one day take hold of their financial future. So an important aspect of success is that LSP scholars also take a mandatory College Success Course and a Financial Literacy Course. They begin planning their path in college, choosing careers, and gaining essential study skills. they also learn the basics of personal finance, and the vast resources of scholarship funds that can help them pay for the remainder of their college.
The LSP program has become so successful, by every metric, KCC is adopting similar services for other first year college students who struggle making the transition into college life!
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