Dubuque Promise Grant Aims to Keep College Grads Local

Robert Waterbury

A Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) grant will fund the Dubuque Promise Grant, a scholarship program that partners Clarke University, Loras College, and the University of Dubuque in an effort to encourage graduates to live and work in the region.

The three colleges will award up to $5,000 per year to students who make a two-year commitment to reside and be employed in Dubuque, Clayton, Delaware, Jones, and Jackson counties in Iowa; Grant and Lafayette counties in Wisconsin; and/or Jo Daviess County in Illinois. These awards, initially advanced as a low interest loan, will be converted to a grant once the graduate fulfills the two-year regional residency requirement. 

The initial year of funding will benefit eighteen to twenty rising juniors and seniors across the three schools.

Undergraduate students who apply for the loan must be in good academic standing with a minimum of fifty-five completed college credits. They must also have declared a major in nursing, education, social work, criminal justice, psychology, or sociology.

The three colleges are excited to work together to provide additional assistance to local students and are grateful to the DRA for awarding the $200,000 grant to keep professional talent in the community.

Students interested in applying for the program can contact Lesley Buse, director of financial planning at Loras, at (563) 588-7817 or

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