Saint Martin’s University in Lacey recently became the newest partner of the Act Six network, an initiative led by Degrees of Change that provides full-tuition, full-need scholarships to urban leaders in the Puget Sound area every year. The program focuses on selecting, training, and supporting promising urban leaders — 87% of whom come from low-income families or are first-generation college students. Saint Martin’s will have seven diverse students from across the region as a part of its first Act Six cohort.

The small Benedictine university is the fifth college in the Tacoma-Seattle Act Six network, joining Gonzaga University, Northwest University, Pacific Lutheran University, and Whitworth University. Between these five colleges, 29 students will be supported through an Act Six scholarship this year.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Degrees of Change and the Act Six program,” said Saint Martin’s dean of enrollment Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, Ph.D., in a statement. “The Act Six program’s emphasis on empowering younger leaders to make a difference in their communities is a great mission fit with Saint Martin’s University and speaks directly to our Benedictine values of community, justice, and respect for others.”

Since 2002, Act Six has enabled more than 800 leaders in Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Illinois, and Indiana to attend thirteen different private colleges and universities. 82% of these scholarship recipients earn a bachelor’s degree in six years — more than twice the rate for low-income and first-generation students nationwide.

Applications to be a part of Act Six at Saint Martin’s are available at www.actsix.org. The deadline for applications is November 6; the first cohort will be announced in March and will begin classes in fall 2019.