Minority Retention Grant

The Minority Retention Grant was created by the State of Wisconsin to assist second year Associate Degree or two year Technical Diploma minority students with their educational expenses. Blackhawk Technical College Multicultural Affairs Office seeks not only to assist students financially, but also in the successful completion of program coursework.


Applicants are required to meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be African American, Hispanic, American Indian or students from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (admitted to the United States after December 31, 1975, or whose ancestor was or is a citizen of Laos, Vietnam or Cambodia) enrolled in a private non-profit bachelor's degree-granting institution or a public Technical College.
  2. Must have completed one-half of the total credit hours required for an associate degree or 2 year technical diploma. Applicant must also be enrolled into at least 9 credit hours in their program each semester to maintain eligibility of this grant. Eligibility cannot exceed four (4) semesters. Credits transferring from another school will be included provided they apply to your program.
  3. Must be a U.S citizen and Wisconsin resident or have permanent or temporary resident status as defined by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
  4. Cannot be delinquent in child support, maintenance payments or owe past support, medical expenses or birth expenses.
  5. Students who are male and eligible for selective service registration must be registered with Selective Service.
  6. Must not be in the process of obtaining a second Associate Degree. Students with an earned Bachelor's degree are not eligible to receive a grant under this program.
  7. Must apply for financial aid and have a remaining financial aid need.
  8. Must have a 2.5 grade point average and be making satisfactory academic progress as established by Blackhawk Technical College and the Office of Financial Aid.
  9. Must Register with the Office of Multicultural Affairs , be subject to academic monitoring by this office, and be willing to participate in retention activities scheduled for program participants.
  10. Students who are in default ( Student Loan, Pell, SEOG ) can still apply for a Minority Retention Grant and participate in the program.
  11. First time minority retention grant applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from your core program instructor. Previous grant recipients are not required to submit letters.