The Scholar Success Program
The Scholar Success Program began in August of 2001 as the PaceSetter Scholars program. The PaceSetter Scholars program was designed to assist first generation (first in family to receive a baccalaureate degree) students who showed academic and leadership potential to enter into college and graduate at high rates. The program began with 67 PaceSetter students who were freshman students. An additional 33 students who were funded by the Janus Funds donors were added to make the program 100 students. The Janus students were sophomore through senior students who were also first generation students.
Over the past 11 years, the program has grown to become the premier scholarship program at MSU Denver, which serves and retains students. The program offers academic development and support to students while encouraging them to develop their leadership skills. In fall of 2004 the program grew by the addition of the Reisher Scholarship, Daniels Fund Scholarship, and Daniels Opportunity Scholarship. The program was then joined by the Denver Scholarship Foundation Scholarship and Mile High United Way Pathway Scholarship in fall 2011 and the Excel Pre-Collegiate Program Scholarship in fall 2012. The addition of these scholarships has expanded the number of students the program serves to 450. Now the program is called the Scholar Success Program, to encompass all of the scholarship students served.