A Lifetime of Support Through a Game-Changing Model
Staffed by two full-time educational persistence professionals, our Graduate Support Program offers targeted resources and programming to ensure that the academic growth, character formation and call to service of our graduating students are supported and encouraged through high school, college and beyond. We don’t send our graduates out into the world alone, we continue to walk with them throughout their educational journey and careers.
Some of the most frequently provided Graduate Support opportunities include:
- Last Dollar Aid: Alumni enrolled in college who face an insurmountable gap in their financial aid package and expected family contribution can apply for a Last Dollar Aid grant. Since 2015, $146,000 in grants have enabled 16 students to persist in college.
- College FAFSA guidance: Applying to college and navigating financial aid requests and packages are challenging processes. The GSO regularly guides alumni and their families through its experience relationships with colleges.
- Regional college tours: The GSO organizes several regional college tours a year for Nativity alumni in high school to explore their interests, get a sense of campus life and make connections with potential colleges.
- Internship connections: Through the breadth and generosity of the Nativity Prep community network, the GSO is regularly able to connect alumni with internship opportunities in a range of industries.
Colleges Frequently Attended by Alumni
“It’s well known that low-income, first-generation students face significant challenges in matriculating and graduating from college compared to their peers. We’re committed to empowering the the young men we serve to overcome those challenges and thrive through Graduate Support.”Nora Frias, Director of Graduate Support
"Despite all the preparation and opportunities while at Nativity, the school has become an even greater resource since I have left, supporting me academically, emotionally, socially, and financially. How many people can say that for their middle school?"Anthony Docanto, Nativity Class of Grande ('11), BC High ('15), Boston College ('19)
"When I returned to Nativity to tutor students, the boys asked me a lot about my experience in school. Thinking back to the support I got, I tell them, ‘Remember, Nativity will always be there for you.’ It’s crazy for me to think that thanks to Nativity, my kids will be able to say ‘my dad went to college’."Ivan Mejia, Nativity Class of Kostka (’12), Roxbury Latin ('16), Boston College (’20)
"Our time with the students doesn’t end after 8th grade graduation. There’s no ‘bye, see you later’ around here. There are an incredible number of students who come back for guidance, to visit teachers and mentors, to volunteer, and it shows the Nativity difference. Something clicked with them for life."Vaniecia Skinner, Reading & Language Arts Lead Teacher, Student Support Services Counselor