Promise Program

Create opportunities for success. Mount Mary University’s Promise Program is a federally funded program that provides academic, career and financial support to 140 first-generation and limited-income college students each year. The program supports students to remain in good academic standing, persist in college and graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

Benefits of the Promise Program

Established in 2010, the Promise Program provides the following academic and social support services:

  • Academic advising—Work with an academic adviser to ensure proper course selection and completion of degree requirements, as well as assistance creating and monitoring academic, career and personal goals.
  • Academic and social skills workshops—Workshops each semester focus on topics such as time management, study techniques, resume and cover letter writing, stress management and writing.
  • Career development—Learn about researching career options, identifying job shadow opportunities, performing mock interviews and writing resumes and cover letters.
  • Financial literacy information and training—Get assistance with financial aid planning and scholarship searches, as well as attend interactive informational sessions about managing personal budgets.
  • Advanced degree planning—Work with Promise Program staff to identify potential graduate schools and programs, prepare for entrance exams, and navigate graduate-level admission and financial aid processes.
  • Cultural and educational enrichment—Enhance self-awareness and increase your sense of belonging through community-building activities with other students.
  • Counseling—A counselor is available for confidential short-term and/or crisis counseling sessions and can make referrals to community resources.
  • Professional tutoring—Schedule 30-60 minute appointments with tutors Monday through Friday during the academic year for assistance with study skills and courses in math, physical science, biological science and writing.
  • Supplemental grant aid—Promise Scholars who are already receiving Pell Grants may still have unmet financial need. If you actively engage in the Promise Program, you may qualify for additional monetary aid. Federal government and Mount Mary University eligibility requirements apply.

Eligibility for the Promise Program

The Promise Program serves students throughout their first undergraduate career.  To be eligible for the Promise Program, you must:

Additional Resources:

Apply to the Promise Program

Complete and email/submit in person, a Promise Program Application (PDF) AND a copy of your prior year tax return to:

Elisabeth Koerner, MS 
Promise Program Director 
Haggerty Library 019 
414-930-3269 or

The Promise Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Support Services TRiO program.