Making Graduation a Reality, One Class at a Time!
The Students Obtaining Academic Rewards (SOAR) program, at Copiah-Lincoln Community College-Natchez Campus, is a comprehensive program dedicated to increasing the success rate of first generation* and low income students, and students with disabilities by providing support in an accessible and respectful environment. SOAR provides personal, academic and career coaching that encourages excellence and promotes success through educational opportunities and the utilization of campus resources.
Do you meet any of these eligibility requirements?
• You are a first generation student (neither of your parents earned their bachelor’s degree by the time you (the CLCC student) turned 18 years old)
• You meet federal income guidelines
• You have a documented physical, learning, and/or mental health disability
Program benefits include:
- • Providing one-on-one or group tutoring with a Professional Tutor
- Academic Advisement
Providing assistance in:
• Course selection- “What courses do I need to fulfill my degree requirement?”
• Major selection- “What type of job do I want after graduation?”
• Academic Readiness - "When will I graduate?"
- Academic Coaching
- • Setting short-term and long-term goals
- • Monitoring progress
- Financial Aid Assistance
- • Providing information about and/or assistance with completing the FAFSA application
- • Providing information and assistance in locating and completing other scholarship requirements
- • Writing letters of recommendation
- Transfer Services
- • Researching 4-yr colleges and universities
- • Completing admissions applications and obtaining Federal Student Aid
- • Providing transportation to university/college campuses to facilitate transfer and increase awareness of campus offerings
- Career planning
- • Connecting Major(s) to Career(s)
- • Assessing and identifying students’ interests, values, personality traits, and strengths
- Personal counseling
- Addressing personal and social issues that may affect one’s ability to achieve academic success
- The HUB/Computer Lab
- Making desktop PC’s and laptops available for student use
- Providing students with access to scientific calculators, voice recorders, headphones, etc.
We accept applications throughout the year!
How to apply:
• Complete an application
• Provide documentation of income eligibility (FAFSA Student Aid Report or Tax Transcript)
• Complete the interview process
Applications are available via email, or in person:
Steps to Becoming an SOAR Participant:
- Must be a registered Co-Lin Natchez Campus Student
- Submit SOAR application
- All income documents required by SOAR Program are reviewed and verified.
- Placement into at least one developmental class or exhibit other indicators of academic need.
- Applicant interview with SOAR staff to review requirements and responsibilities of the SOAR Program
- Complete the signing of the SOAR contract and submission of the Student Need Assessment Profile (SNAP).
SOAR Program Documents
SOAR Office Information:
Co-Lin Natchez Campus
Tom Reed Academic Building, Learning Center (Across from Willie Mae Dunn Library)
Phone: 601.446.1115 or 601.446.1114
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is SOAR?
A comprehensive Federally Funded TRiO program dedicated to increasing the retention and graduation rates of first generation students, low income students, and students with disabilities by providing support in an accessible and respectful environment. SOAR provides personal, academic and career coaching that encourages excellence and promotes success through educational opportunities and the utilization of campus resources.
Who is eligible for services?
First generation students, students who meet federal income guidelines, and students who have a documented learning, physical and/or mental health disability.
Where is SOAR Office located?
The SOAR Office is located on the Co-Lin Natchez Campus in the Tom Reed Academic Building, Learning Center (across from Willie Mae Dunn Library)
What are the SOAR office hours?
Office hours are Monday: Thursday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
What are The HUB/Computer Lab hours?
Learning Center/Computer Lab hours: Monday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m. and Friday 8a.m.-4 p.m.
Events and Activities
*Unless otherwise noted, Students Obtaining Academic Rewards (SOAR) events are primarily only open to Copiah-Lincoln Community College SOAR students.
Cultural trips and 4 year college/university tours
We plan cultural trips and 4 year college/university tours throughout the year. If you are interested in participating in trips/university tours, contact us at 601.446.1112 for information on upcoming events.
We offer a variety of valuable seminars/presentations to assist students in achieving academic goals, developing useful class-related skills, and ensuring continued academic progress.
All SOAR participants may participate in the SOAR Club, which meets on the 1st and 3rd of each month, unless otherwise noted. The purpose of the club shall be to emphasize the attainment of leadership and social skills, as well as the creation of pathways that link education to career and life satisfaction. The club officers, SOAR Ambassadors, represent the club in both on and off campus activities and serve as student leaders in the program.
SOAR Grant Aid
The SOAR Grant Aid Award is a financial award available to SOAR participants who receive Pell grant, through a generous grant from the US Department of Education. The award amount may be no less than the minimum Pell award and no greater than the participant's cost of attendance.
SOAR Grant Aid is intended to:
• Improve participant retention by supplementing financial assistance for low-income participants with unmet financial need.
• Improve academic success by reducing the number of hours participants need to work.
• Provide incentives for participants to make timely progress in their degree program and successfully complete their coursework.
• Demonstrate support for participants who are actively using SOAR resources to facilitate their academic success.
Criteria to be eligible:
• Be enrolled full-time at CLCC-Natchez Campus;
• Demonstrate financial need;
• Demonstrate Pell Grant eligibility;
• Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher;
• Have completed the Wikispaces Financial Literacy online activities (as prescribed);
• Have attended regularly scheduled tutoring, and advising, sessions (as prescribed); and
• Have attended at least two SOAR sponsored workshops, seminars, or recommended campus activities.
In order to receive the funding, you MUST participate in the SOAR program each semester. Grant-aid will be awarded during the spring of each academic year. The SOAR grant-aid is NOT an ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM. Students will be selected based on their use of SOAR services. Awards will be distributed based on participation in the program. This award is not guaranteed in subsequent years; a new application and eligibility requirements must be completed each academic. Active participation is dependent upon attending SOAR workshops and activities as well as meeting with SOAR staff members and/or tutors.