Scholarship investment launches 'tuition equity' initiative for UNI@DMACC students

Catalyst Circle scholarships offered at UNI@DMACC

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) graduates seeking a bachelor’s degree through the University of Northern Iowa will now have one of the most affordable options in the state of Iowa thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines Catalyst Circle.

The Catalyst Circle awarded UNI@DMACC, the online degree completion partnership between the two schools, a $250,000 grant to fund academic scholarships that will effectively allow students to complete a UNI degree for the cost of DMACC tuition. The need-based funding will help bridge an average tuition gap estimated at $1,000 per semester for UNI@DMACC students.

“We appreciate the Catalyst Circle’s investment in educational opportunities that will create a community-wide impact in the growth of Des Moines’ high-demand workforce while elevating the quality of life for students and their families,” said UNI President Mark Nook. “We are thankful for the Catalyst Circle’s support as we build and scale the UNI@DMACC partnership, an innovative program that responds to the needs of Iowans.”

“The opportunities this scholarship will provide for UNI@DMACC students and their families is an investment in our entire community,” said Sunnie Richer, Catalyst Circle chair. “We’re pleased to support this important initiative that will make college degrees affordable and accessible while cultivating talent for our growing community.”

The Catalyst Circle’s investment matches $250,000 already secured from corporate and individual donors for the scholarship initiative.

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