What is Propeller Collective?
Propeller Collective is a free online resource hub + community for first generation and limited-income college students. We help students build non-academic skills, mindsets, and habits that propel them to college graduation and beyond.
Propeller Collective hones in on the psychology of first generation and limited-income college students. Many of these students face unique challenges that may cause them to question their role as a college student. They may think or say things like:
Research suggests thoughts and feelings like these can negatively affect academic performance and quality of college life. Based on the relevant literature and interviews with students, we believe these challenges are not only greater for first generation and limited-income college students, but are one of the reasons why these students have lower graduation rates than their peers.
We believe psychological well-being and social-emotional skill development are just as important as academic preparedness and financial aid in increasing the number of first generation and limited-income college graduates.
What We Do
Our goal is to increase college graduation rates among first generation and limited-income college students. We help students thrive on and off campus, uniting them across the U.S. through our resources + community.
Our online resources (articles, videos, and live online events) span topics on motivation, personal growth, life on campus, and life back home. They’re free, open, and provide just-in-time support; students have access to the info they need, when they need it.
Students who regularly follow our resources may decide to join the Propeller Collective Community, a place where they can share their daily progress, ask college-related questions, support and connect with other community members, and share news and info specific to first generation and limited-income college students.
Together, our resources + community help students generate momentum toward college graduation.
How We're Different
We’re not your traditional college success effort.
Why "Propeller Collective"?
The name “Propeller Collective” describes how we want our community members to feel: like they’re moving forward and never alone as they work toward their bachelor’s degree, even though it doesn’t always seem that way.
Become a Contributor
We regularly produce articles, videos, and live online events and we’re always looking for new contributors: students, subject matter experts, writers, editors, and speakers.
Sponsor Our Work
If you or your organization are passionate about increasing college graduation rates among first generation and limited-income college students, we'd love to connect with you to discuss opportunities to sponsor our work.
Cofounder + CEO
University of Michigan
Cofounder + CSO
University of Michigan
INTERN - SUMMER 2017
Davidson College '19
University of Kentucky '16
Geraldine K. Piorkowski, Ph.D.