Administered by the Oregon Student Access Commission, ASPIRE (Access to Student assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone) helps middle and high school students access education and training beyond high school. Students receive information about college and career options, admission, and financial aid from trained and supportive, ASPIRE volunteer mentors who work one-on-one with them throughout the year. Beginning with just four pilot schools in 1998, ASPIRE will expand to 145 sites across Oregon by June 2013. ASPIRE serves students by:
- Helping high schools build a sustainable community of volunteer mentors
- Educating students and families about the scholarship application process and other options for paying for postsecondary education
- Providing mentoring, resources, and encouragement to help students access education and training beyond high school
ASPIRE at Regis High School
ASPIRE matches you with an ASPIRE Mentor; a trained adult volunteer who will meet with you once a month or as needed to help you make your post high school plans succeed. Your advisor will meet with you at school, during the school day, so you will not have added time commitments in your schedule. In order to develop a stronger future workforce, we will ensure that all students have the opportunity, support, and encouragement to go to college.
Our goals are:
- Increase the number of students who will attend post-secondary education.
- To decrease the fears and barriers of our students and their families.
- Help students develop the tools and resources necessary to be successful in post-secondary education.
- To empower and educate parents about post-secondary opportunities and resources.
- To develop sustainable partnerships with higher education and community partners in order to ensure the needs of our students are consistent with the workforces.
Your Regis ASPIRE Mentor will work with you and your parents on such things as:
- Finding a university, college or post-secondary training program that meets your needs.
- Organizing the tasks you need to complete in your junior/senior year.
- Financial aid and scholarship opportunities and applications.
- Getting good references for scholarship and entrance applications.
- Comparing financial aid offers and getting the best aid package.
- Making a smooth transition from high school to your next step.
Here’s what you, as a student at Regis will need to do:
- Come prepared to make your meeting with your mentor productive
- Communicate your interests and goals.
- Follow through with applications
- Be willing to keep your options open and think “outside the box”
Meet Our Mentors
Carolyn Lulay graduated from Regis and later received a degree in elementary education from Marylhurst College. She retired after 26 years of classroom teaching but continues to tutor students of all ages in her home. Carolyn has been an ASPIRE mentor for six years since its beginning at Regis. Youth have always been a huge part of her life, from raising five children, creating memories with grandchildren and making a difference in the lives of her students, including kindergarteners to high school seniors.
Gay Stuntzner attended Pomona College in Claremont, CA for 2-1/2 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She has lived in all sections of the country: East coast (PA), Northeast (MA), South (NC and SC), Southern CA, Midwest (IL and IA), and Northwest (WA and OR). Her working career included several diverse areas: arts council director, manager of a community symphony orchestra, and director of development for a social service agency and Regis High School.
It gives her great pleasure being a mentor for the Regis ASPIRE program. She says that it’s a privilege to work with Regis students as they decide what direction to take after graduation. These students are enthusiastic, talented, determined, filled with ideas, and great fun.
Patty Kintz is a Stayton native. She is a St. Mary’s, Regis, OSU, and Dental Hygiene School Graduate. She is married to Gary Kintz (Regis 72, OSU ’76). She has 3 children, Ryan, Jason, and Kristin. All have graduated from Regis and attended OSU. She is a business owner, an engineer, and a dental hygienist. She remembers how time consuming it was to help her kids gather information for life after graduation. She discovered their search should have started earlier! ASPIRE distributes valuable information to students in a timely order. Patty is excited to help students explore options for their future in an easy, organized, and thorough manner.
Tom Lulay is a retired engineer with more than 38 years of experience in highway and transportation engineering. He graduated from Regis, as did his 5 children, and he currently has a grandson attending Regis. Tom has been involved in various capacities with Regis over the past 30 years, including his rewarding time as a member of Regis’ ASPIRE team since its inception.
Tom enjoys working to help the students make the transition into life after Regis. It is a way to assist the Regis staff in leaving a wonderful imprint on these students as they move forward.
Diane Hall has lived and worked in Stayton since 1990. She has two children who graduated from Regis, Lane CC, and OIT. Aspire was not available when her children graduated and navigating college was a big learning lesson. She loves meeting with students, starting in their freshman year and helping them navigate the steps needed to go forward after Regis.
Patti Keudell is a retired teacher / child development specialist from the North Santiam School District. She is a Regis graduate, as is her husband, Alan. They have three daughters who graduated from St. Mary and Regis. Patti is currently the Regis Aspire Coordinator. Her goal is to help each student feel valued as a student at Regis and to feel good about the choice they make for life beyond high school.
Dave Schumacher is retired, but worked 32 years in Adult & Juvenile Corrections serving in many capacities, from counselor, writing administrative rules/policies/procedures, hearings officer, compliance function, to administrator. A ’67 Regis graduate, he also received B.S. & M.S degrees from OCE (Now Western Oregon University). He is retired from the National Guard. His three children are Regis graduates and his grandchildren are now attending both Regis & St. Mary. He is married to Sue (Bates) also a ’67 Regis graduate. They have seven grandchildren. He was the first Aspire Coordinator at Regis from its inception in 2007. Assisting students for success after Regis and helping fortify the future of the Catholic Schools is his passion. He says that establishing a network of volunteers to serve is not only needed, but critical.
Jo Barsoti was born and raised in the Portland area.
Paula Keudell Smith was born and raised in the Stayton-Aumsville area, graduated from St. Mary’s and Regis High School and attended Portland Community College. After a 40 year plus career in office management and bookkeeping, Paula has recently joined her husband in early retirement. Their three children graduated from Regis and three of their four grandchildren attend St. Mary’s. At this time Paula enjoys volunteering one morning a week in her grandchildren’s’ classroom, among other actives. She is looking forward to being a part of the ASPIRE program, to discover the options, choices and avenues that our young people take after graduation can only be a rewarding adventure.