Grinnell Regional Admission Support Program (GRASP)

GRASP volunteers serve as an extension of the Office of Admission, acting as ambassadors of Grinnell College and promoting awareness of the institution. They play an important role throughout the admission process by upholding the values inherent in the Grinnell experience. This is done through honest and accurate representation of the College. The role of an individual volunteer will depend upon the programming opportunities occurring in that geographic area, the volunteer’s interest level in such programs, and the amount of time the volunteer has available.

Potential Responsibilities of a GRASP volunteer

  • Represent Grinnell at a local college fair.
  • Connect with students/parents.
  • Interview prospective students for the College.
  • Identify qualified students to refer to Grinnell.
  • Host or attend regional prospective student events.

If you are interested in serving as a GRASP volunteer, please complete this interest form. While completing the form you will be able to select which GRASP activities best match your interests at this time.

GRASP Fellows

GRASP Fellows is an exciting new pilot leadership program within GRASP for young alumni who graduated from Grinnell within the last 1-10 years. GRASP Fellows will assist in the planning and execution of events-related to admissions recruitment, including: the new Grinnell Global Interview Day, summer picnics, admitted student weekends on campus, admitted student receptions, college fairs, and small meet-n-greet events as needed. Fellows will help in the recruitment and training of volunteers for interviews and college fairs.

GRASP Fellow Benefits

The Fellows program is a selective, mentored program. Each year 20 Fellows will be selected based on their passion for Grinnell College, their interest in recruiting new students, and their leadership skills. All chosen Fellows will receive professional development training and will be paired with a GRASP Mentor. Because of the skill development involved in this opportunity, GRASP Fellows would be a nice addition to a resume. It’s also a great way to give back to Grinnell College.

GRASP Fellow Expectations

Fellows will participate in interview and college fair training with Ashley. They will also work together to set goals for volunteer recruitment and to facilitate events such as the Grinnell Global Interview Day. This year’s selected GRASP Fellows will attend a retreat and training weekend in Chicago Friday, September 8-Sunday, September 10.

To Apply

For this first year of the pilot, we are seeking Fellows who live within an hour’s drive of Chicago, New York City, the Twin Cities, Des Moines, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area, Puget Sound (Seattle/Portland), and Houston/Dallas.

If you are interested becoming a GRASP Fellow, please complete this short application form by 11:59 PM on Monday, July 24. Chosen finalists will participate in short, 15-minute Skype interviews with Ashley Schaefer and a representative from the Office of Admission at Grinnell College.

2017/2018 GRASP Fellows will be announced on Monday, August 7.

GRASP Volunteer — Jerome Simmons ‘10

Jerome Simmons '10"The Grinnell Regional Admission Support Program is an outstanding opportunity to share the culture of the College an help high school students discern whether or not Grinnell is the right choice for them. Alumni volunteers spend time hosting informational and admission interviews to assist students and the administration. The GRASP program has been a great opportunity to give back to Grinnell, learn from and about high school students, and build on the College’s culture as I remember it."


If you have any questions about GRASP or GRASP Fellows, please contact Ashley Schaefer, associate director of alumni and donor relations for campus partnerships by calling 641-269-9317 or email her at