Wal-Mart gives back

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks received a $100,000 Wal-Mart grant from the Council of Independent Colleges, an Aug. 13 press release said.

The Wal-Mart College Success Award is intended to support universities that are already committed to the importance of educating first-generation students.

CLU, since 1990, has been working to increase the retention and graduation rates of first-generation students through its Student Support Services Program, the release said.

With the Wal-Mart grant, the university will strengthen it’s program supporting first-generation students by specifically targeting transfer students from local community colleges.

“The grant will help strengthen CLU’s relationships with Oxnard, Ventura and Moorpark community colleges,” said Director of Student Support Services Anna Jackson Calderon.

Together the schools will use the grant to make the transition for transfer students better.

One of the ways to better student transitioning will be by incorporating those transfer students into the Summer Bridge Program that has been successful in aiding first-generation freshmen at CLU for seven years.

“The grant will also be used to award five first-generation transfer students with a $1,000 scholarship,” Calderon said.

CLU looks forward to enhancing its program dedicated to successfully graduating first-generation college students with the help of the Wal-Mart College Success Award.