DCTC TRiO/Upward Bound Graduate Receives Full-Ride Scholarship to the University of Minnesota

Keshia Meszaros, a DCTC TRiO/Upward Bound student

Keshia Meszaros, a 2007 graduate of the Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) TRiO/Upward Bound program and South St. Paul High School, is one of eight students that has been selected for a University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) scholarship.

Meszaros will receive a full-ride scholarship for tuition, books, housing, and other student expenses. She will also be paired with a faculty partner who will serve as a mentor during her four years on the University of Minnesota campus.

“Keshia continues to be a fine example of why TRiO works. She has worked hard for this, and is certainly deserving of the recognition she is receiving,” said Melody Geiger, one of Meszaros former DCTC TRiO/Upward Bound advisors.

The recognition isn’t the first for Meszaros. Just last April, she was one of 250 recipients nationwide to receive a $20,000 Dell scholarship to fund her undergraduate coursework over four years at the University of Minnesota. The CEHD scholarship will cover any expenses that the Dell Scholarship, federal aid, and grants do not.

The scholarship is part of the Access to Success initiative at the University of Minnesota CEHD. Student criteria to be considered for the scholarship include plans to complete a degree in the CEHD area, a written essay submitted to the review committee, and a personal interview. Students must also demonstrate financial need, represent an underrepresented group, or be a first generation college student.

This fall marks the start of Meszaros’ freshman year at the University of Minnesota, where she will complete her degree in the CEHD program with the goal of eventually becoming a lawyer.