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Transforming lives through educational opportunity

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Supporting a diverse student body in higher education

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Providing guidance, scholarship and support services

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Providing educational resources, training, and support to area high school students.

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Supporting existing undergraduates in achieving their academic goals.

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Growing the academic pipeline and diversifying the academic population in AS&E.

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Student Spotlight

First-generation students find mentors, resources, and niches at Rochester

About 20 percent of Rochester’s undergraduate student body are the first in their family to make the higher education leap.

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Oswald Garcia stands in the living room of the Kearns Center in Dewey Hall, March 2024.

Celebrating Our Seniors

Highlighting Members of the Class of 2024 as they Write their Next Chapter

Graduation…then what? For seniors in high school and college, graduation is the ultimate punctuation mark on a portion of their academic career and the natural closing of a chapter. But what comes afterwards?

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Message from the Director

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

As we find ourselves at the crossroads of life, facing the thrilling yet challenging task of making decisions about our futures, I want to extend a warm message of encouragement and guidance.

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22full-time employees

The Kearns Center has 22 full-time employees who help run the federally grant funded programs that support individuals pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and professional education.

1500+students served

The Kearns Center supports well over 1,500 students from high school through doctorate annually, with lots of educational experiences, social and emotional support, financial resources, and connections to support their lifelong dreams.

5federal TRIO programs

The Kearns Center administers five federal grant funded programs that help provide educational guidance, scholarships, and support services to students who are low-income, first generation, or from historically racialized backgrounds.

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