What is the HOLA Program?
The Hispanic and Latino Outreach and Leadership in Academics (HOLA) Program formerlly RRPG Program, is a four year program offered at KSU with the goal of graduating program participants at rates equal to or higher than their non-Hispanic/Latino peers.
Initially a Pilot Program, has grown every year and is now on its 13th cohort of students. Currently, the HOLA Program served over 900 KSU Students.
Must Program Participants be KSU Students in order to participate in the HOLA Program?
Yes, HOLA Program participants must be officially accepted KSU Students. Any person interested in applying for admission to Kennesaw State University may contact Undergraduate Admissions to learn more about admissions requirements. The HOLA Program Coordinator may also answer questions related to admissions, financial aid, and would be happy to provide a personalized campus tour. May be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the benefits for a student in the HOLA Program?
Over the participant’s four years of enrollment at KSU, (s)he will be exposed to a variety of academic, peer and non-peer support, and financial resources to assist with progression to graduation. These experiences include assistance with locating and applying for financial aid and scholarship opportunities for qualifying students, workshops to enhance their academic and pre-professional skills, college planning, and individualized attention by their own Graduation Coach to assist with their transition into and through their college experience. In addition to these benefits, participants are invited to engage in a leadership curriculum program which provided students opporunites to develop career readiness skills.
Additional benefits of the HOLA Program include:
- Offering a one-stop-shop of academic support services uniquely tailored to the needs of our program participants;
- Increasing the quality of your academic and co-curricular experience through individual academic coaching and exclusive enrichment activities;
- Access to your own peer mentors; and
- Fostering a welcoming climate for Hispanic/Latino students through campus and program events by cultivating a sense for familia, and access to your own student lounge, Sala de Logros para Estudiantes.
What are the requirements to apply for the program?
Admission into this program is competitive and limited. Program admission requirements include:
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate student at Kennesaw State University;
- Have and maintain an adjusted cumulative GPA of 2.0 in either high school or college level coursework to-date;
- Self-identify as being Hispanic or Latino; and
- Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Does the HOLA Program participate in rolling admissions?NO, the HOLA Program accepts students into the program prior to fall semester for incoming full-time freshman. We strongly recommend that students apply as early as possible in order to participate in important events and workshops.
Must students be fluent in the Spanish language to participate?No; although many of our program participants are fluent in both the English & Spanish languages, it is not a requirement.
Does it cost anything to apply for and participate in the program?The HOLA program application and all events and activities offered by the program are free of charge to program members.
Is there financial aid or scholarships available to students in the program?Students admitted into the HOLA Program will receive individualized attention by our bi-lingual Enrollment Services Specialist who assists program participants and their families in completing the FAFSA each year, as well as searching for additional financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
How can I learn more about the program?Interested students may also contact the RRPG office via email at email@example.com to request more information and schedule an appointment with our Program Coordinator.
How can students apply to become a candidate for program admission?Prospective students may complete an application by clicking here to apply! Once their application is received and reviewed, our Program Coordinator will contact you regarding their admission status
I am interested in volunteering in the community. As a Program Participant, can I be involved in community outreach, recruiting, and volunteering efforts?Yes, we strongly encourage our students to be actively involved in our outreach efforts. Students may join our Program Coordinator during their travels to high schools, nonprofits, community centers, and churches as well as annual conferences aimed at promoting education to Latino youth. Simply reach out us and request to accompany them on to these events.
Will I receive any type of credit for attending outreach and recruiting events?
Yes, HOLA Program participants are eligible to receive program credit towards leadership curriculum. This is beneficial for students looking to add more activities to their resume, find jobs or internships, and scholarship/graduate school applications.