Every year San Diego Mesa College offers more than $200,000 in scholarships to Mesa students. This year we just wanted to take a moment to highlight a few magnificent students who have contributed to our Classroom Tutoring and Peer Navigator Programs, and acknowledge their efforts to assist Proyecto Exito in reaching their grant objectives.
Let us start with our Classroom Tutoring Program. Part of the grant objectives for this program include increasing the student success rate (earning a C or better) for specific courses, and increasing the placement levels of students for other courses. Our classroom tutors are instrumental to these objectives with their dedicated support to assisting students in understanding the material for their courses and succeeding in their specific course objectives. We love the opportunity to display how they model success, and receiving scholarships is one way they achieve that. Three of our classroom tutors are recognized SEEDS scholars, and one of them, Hy Truong, was also recognized for two other scholarships.
Next we have our Peer Navigator Program. For anyone unfamiliar, our Peer Navigators (PNs) are mentors to incoming students; committing to their student success for their first academic year on campus. A few of the things that the PNs provide are: peer-to-peer support, monthly informational workshops, and movie or game nights to promote self-care and a balanced lifestyle. Their commitment to sharing their experience for the benefit of other new students assists with another grant objective in increasing the percentage of participants who indicate feeling a strong connection to the campus and their peers. Three of our Peer Navigators are receiving scholarships this year.