STRIVE (Students Together Reach Individual Visions of Excellence)

STRIVE mentors

Are you interested in college but need some support along the way? STRIVE is designed to help you succeed. It provides ongoing academic and personal assistance to students who are first generation to college or low-income or have a documented disability.


STRIVE is a federally funded Student Support Services TRIO program for academically disadvantaged students. STRIVE students receive select academic support services from an array of offerings that include: trio logo

  • Academic and transfer counseling
  • Financial literacy awareness and advising
  • Learning coaches and math tutors
  • Dedicated developmental math and English courses
  • Monthly workshops
  • Peer mentoring
  • Cultural activities

Schedule and Location

STRIVE operates daily from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and by appointment. It is located in Donahue Building, Room 240.

Transportation and Parking

Transportation to HCC is available via PVTA buses. Parking is available in student lots.

To Apply

Students must fill out a STRIVE application to determine eligibility for the program. Eligible students must:

  • Be enrolled in nine (9) or more credits
  • Have completed Level 5 ESL, if applicable
  • Demonstrate academic need
  • Be likely to earn a degree and transfer to a bachelor's degree program within four years of acceptance into STRIVE

Additionally, all STRIVE students must be first-generation, low-income and/or disabled.

Eligible students will meet with a STRIVE advisor for an interview. Space is limited to 215 students per academic year.

Interested in Being a Mentee?

Please fill out this application.


Elsie Rodriguez-Garcia, STRIVE director
Phone: 413.552.2610
Fax: 413.552.2192

STRIVE is funded through the United States Department of Education's TRIO Student Support Services Program.




Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040