Who supports your path to college?

KIPP alumni pose with North Star Academy principal Luwam Arefe (back row, left) and KTC Director Becky Gallt (center, blue shirt).

KIPP alumni pose with North Star Academy principal Luwam Arefe (back row, left) and KTC Director Becky Gallt (center, blue shirt).

KIPP North Star Academy’s first class of 8th graders are now seniors in high school and Becky Gallt, Director of KIPP Through College (KTC) is working individually with each of them to determine post-graduation plans. For most of our alumni, college is that next step. She builds on the input from families and guidance counselors to ensure students are applying to the right mix of colleges. Through a carefully planned process, Ms. Gallt and her students identify appropriate college matches, apply for fee waivers, complete applications, write essays, and wait for acceptances. So far our alumni have received 20 acceptances and more arrive each week!

Since many of our alumni will be the first in their families to attend college, they need additional support to navigate that challenging path of college application and matriculation. That is where KTC comes in. Like no other school in the Twin Cities, KIPP walks with each alumnus through the college application and matriculation process, and coaches/encourages persistence along the way.

Lexi, who attended KIPP from 5th-8th grades, is now a senior at De La Salle High School and works part-time at Ameriprise through a Genesis Works program. Last fall she completed ten college applications. Lexi relied on the dedicated one-on-one time she spent with Ms. Gallt, laboring every Tuesday and multiple Saturdays at KIPP to complete her applications and fine-tune her essays. She explained, “Ms. Gallt helped me find good college fits and pushed me to apply to colleges that were a challenge.” Lexi has already been accepted to Texas Southern University and Jackson State University and is waiting to hear from the others. Lexi and Ms. Gallt continue to meet to work on scholarship applications. “Ms. Gallt is very motivating. She builds up your confidence and she really instilled in me a belief that I can do anything I want to do. Plus, my mom is my constant guide and support. She encourages me to follow my dreams.”

We invite you to join us March 15 as we take an in-depth look at the KTC program and how we are changing the life trajectory of our students. Details to come.