Making the Grade: KSU program helps freshmen ‘Thrive’

Faith Mohr’s college experience was the sort other students often aspire to. To begin with,…

Georgia (Jul 28, 2015)Faith Mohr’s college experience was the sort other students often aspire to. To begin with, she earned her communications degree from Kennesaw State in four years. She made life-long friends as well as mentors among the faculty and staff she met. And she kept the HOPE scholarship, which left her with only one student loan that she expects to pay off in the next two years.


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The 22-year-old May grad credits those accomplishments to Thrive, a free KSU program designed to support first-year HOPE students so they can keep the scholarship.

“If I had not had that starting point, I think I would have been lost,” admits Mohr. “Especially as a freshman, there are so many things to figure out. Thrive gave me a support system and a network of people I could go to for advice and help. I knew it was working because there were many people I knew as a freshmen who weren’t there after the first semester, no less the first year.”

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit