M3C Student Fellows
The Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholar Fellowship Program (M3C) is a part-time AmeriCorps education award worth $1,132 funded by the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS). One of the program’s primary goals is to serve first generation, low-income students and to create a safety net around these at-risk students to help with increase retention rates. One way that M3C helps with retention is through the use of Mentors, students who attend the same school as the Fellows. Mentors hold weekly meetings with their Fellows to talk about campus life, issues that are coming up, and overall, act as a support system.
M3C is a ten state program coordinated by Wisconsin Campus Compact at University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Ohio currently has 16 participating member campuses with a total of 221 Fellows who perform over 66,300 hours of work for their programs. The M3C fellows in Ohio earned a cumulative total of $249,700 in education awards over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year.
Our data has shown that M3C Student Fellows have higher retention rates than Pell grant recipients: from 2009-10 94% of students who completed their term of service with M3C returned to college the following year, in comparison to the Pell Grant, for which only 71% returned. The average GPA for an M3C scholar is 3.18, whereas the Pell average sits at 2.88. Currently, the completion rate for the M3C program is 75.6%, which has steadily been on the rise since 2005-6, when the completion rate was 57%. Furthermore, M3C students have been extremely important in recruiting others for service. Just this past year, all M3C students recruited over 4,000 others, which was a decrease from just under 5,000 the preceding year.
One current fellow is Lydia Lee-Mosely from Lorain County Community College in Elyria, OH. Lydia was just recently awarded the first National Inspirational Leadership Award from the M3C program. She has worked in a variety of community service projects, including mentoring at LCCC’s Early College High School program, volunteered and helped to plan community festivals, assisted with fundraising for the Save Our Children foundation, acted as a mentor to other M3C students, and served on LCCC’s Student Senate as vice president. As amazing as Lydia’s story is, many other students are also deserving of this award for their extraordinary commitment to community service and the M3C program, all of which would not be possible without funding through CNCS.
For more information, please visit M3C’s website at http://www.wicampuscompact.org/m3c/mindex.php.
Note for the 2011-2012 academic year: Unfortunately, the M3C Student Fellows program was not funded for the 2011-2012 academic year due to federal budget cuts. Please see the Students in Service program for information on a similar program currently offered by Ohio Campus Compact.