Trinity Education Foundation is honored to be the sponsoring organization of the first Cadre of Act Six students attending Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, WA. For the Foundation, the partnership allows us to address multiple concerns related to college success and amplifies our impact via a single group focus. Additionally, this continues a tradition established at Trinity Lutheran College of partnering with Act Six. What is a Cadre of Act Six students you ask? Good question!
Act Six, an initiative of Degrees of Change, is Tacoma-Seattle’s only full-tuition, full-need urban leadership award. Working with five faith-based colleges in the Northwest, Act Six connects students from underserved communities who demonstrate high-achievement despite the multitude of obstacles they face. These are students who excel in school, community service, demonstrate a drive to succeed in life,and are ready to give back to their community. The students attend school as a Cadre working together to support each other throughout their undergraduate journey with an emphasis on leadership and service.
Saint Martin’s University (SMU), a private Benedictine liberal arts university founded in 1895, is embarking on their first journey with Act Six and a cadre of seven students. SMU focuses on the Benedictine virtue of hospitality expressed in the engaging way every individual is welcomed to the campus. The mission of the school includes empowering students to pursue a lifetime of learning and accomplishment in all arenas of human endeavor. All faiths are welcomed at SMU with an open invitation to participate in the daily and/or weekly activities of the Monks who reside at the Saint Martin’s Abbey. Prior to graduation all students are required to complete the Benedictine Leadership Program with a focus on instilling the ability to reflect deeply on personal values and act with personal integrity and moral courage.
The SMU Act Six Cadre are part of our flagship Trinity Scholars Program. Not only do they receive a full-ride scholarship for up to four-years, they will receive professional coaching and vocational guidance throughout their undergraduate journey. Working in conjunction with Act Six and SMU, the Foundation will provide both practical and spiritual direction as each student embarks on a unique journey through group engagement.