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What is Project ASPIRE?

Project ASPIRE (Academic Support Program to Increase Retention in Education) is a federally funded TRIO Student Support Services grant designed to help students succeed in college. Out goal is to work with first generation and/or Pell eligible students to help them successfully reach their goals at Gateway and possibly transfer to four-year university.

You may qualify for Project ASPIRE if you are a first-generation college student, meet federal income guidelines or have a federally recognized disability. You are a first generation college student if your parents did not complete a bachelor degree. You probably meet the income guidelines if you qualify for a Pell Grant.

The goals of Project ASPIRE are to help students:

  • stay in college,
  • be academically successful,
  • graduate and possibly transfer to complete a bachelor degree
  • and become better managers of money.

Why Apply?

Project ASPIRE staff will meet with you to develop your individual success plan (ISP). This plan, along with the College Student Inventory (CSI) and a one-on-one interview, helps identify services and supports you may need to be successful at college.

Project ASPIRE is designed to help you build upon your academic strengths and have a successful educational experience at Gateway. All services and field trips are FREE to program participants.

Your Responsibilities

As a Project ASPIRE student, you should remain in contact with project staff at least twice a semester, check Gateway email regularly, maintain good academic standing (GPA of at least 2.0), utilize tutoring and other support services, participate in program activities and communicate to staff your needs in the areas of career, education and personal support.

How to Apply

Eligibility Requirements
Project ASPIRE can only serve up to 200 students per academic year. The ideal ASPIRE participant is seeking an associate degree at Gateway, taking at least nine credit hours per term and in good academic standing at the college. Participants must meet the following U.S. Department of Education guidelines:

  • be an U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States AND
  • meet federal income guidelines and/or
  • be a first-generation college student (neither parent has completed a bachelor degree) and/or
  • have a federally-recognized disability.

Complete this online form and an ASPIRE staff member will contact you!

Participant Requirements and Assessment 
The Project ASPIRE Director will contact you by e-mail if you are accepted as a participant. Each new participant completes an Individual Success Plan (ISP) and the College Student Inventory (CSI). This process encourages you to set educational/career goals, reflect on barriers you may face to completing your education and craft plans to overcome those barriers A Project ASPIRE staff member will support you and track your progress as you achieve your academic and personal goals.

Project ASPIRE Office 
Edgewood Campus
Sherry Feitz-Parsons 
Counselor/Transfer Consultant
Angie Brinkman
Academic Success Coach
Anita Adkins

Project ASPIRE Services: 


PromotionCultural Enrichment

PromotionCareer Information


PromotionFinancial Aid


PromotionPersonalized Academic Advising

PromotionTransfer Counseling

PromotionPeer Coach

PromotionManage Your Money