Retention and Student Success

Retention and Student Success

Dr. Jason Bentley, Dean of RSS

About Dr. Jason Bentley

Nina Davis, Administrative Assistant

Danette Mondrella, Secretary Level 2

Welcome to the RSS Website

Welcome to the website for Retention and Student Success, the home for academic support services at Ferris State University. Our purpose is to provide developmental courses, educational counseling, and academic support services that will empower students enrolled at Ferris State University to achieve their educational and career goals.

Our services touch more than 10,000 students each year and many of our programs have been recognized as national models of ways to help students be successful in college. We are delighted to introduce you to our staff and to highlight our many services and accomplishments. Please check the links on the left to learn more about us:

Scholarship Opportunities and Awards

Ferris State University is committed to raising funds to provide resources for scholarships and programs that assist our students in reaching their full potential. Scholarships reward students and provide financial support to students in need.

By working with a Ferris State University Advancement Officer, individuals and organizations can define the criteria for a scholarship or fund in such a way that meets the needs of its students. For information on how to apply for a scholarship, please contact Danette Mondrella at 231-591-2428 or at

The following list includes the current scholarships available through our office. More than $90,000 in scholarships were awarded by our office for the 2016-2017 academic year. To be eligible for the following scholarships students must begin their studies in Developmental Programs (CARE, GNST and DIST) and achieve B grades or better for the year they are with us. Click on the links below to see this year's scholarship recipients.

Current Campus Initiatives led by RSS