Bigs on Campus

Bigs on Campus is a twice-monthly mentoring program that takes place at St. Cloud State University, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, and, as of Fall 2023, St. Cloud Technical & Community College. Matches spend their time together (on-campus only) exploring, attending events, participating in recreational activities, touring academic departments, and more!

Developed to open windows of opportunity for youth facing challenges in our community, most students are of color, from low-income homes, who would be first-generation college students. 

Thanks to Spanier Bus Service, Voigt's Bus Service, and Trobec's Bus Service, participating junior and senior high students are transported at no cost to the students from their schools to SCSU, CSB/SJU, and SCTCC.


  • Area business professionals
  • SCSU, SCTCC, and CSB/SJU staff, faculty and alumni
  • SCSU and CSB/SJU students

This program is named for the late Dr. Earl H. Potter III, former President of St. Cloud State University. He signed the partnership agreement without hesitation in May 2016 and tragically passed away in a car crash on June 13, 2016. His commitment to youth in our community, the BBBS program, and the Bigs on Campus initiative inspired us to name the program in his honor.


  • Commit to a minimum of 12 months after being matched
  • Attend volunteer informational session
  • Complete in-person/Zoom interview
  • Pass background checks and required references


Check out this video highlighting the Dr. Potter Bigs on Campus Initiative!


The 2022-23 school year marked the seventh year of the Dr. Potter Bigs on Campus Initiative at St. Cloud State University, and matches and staff marked the end of the year with a lunchtime celebration on the SCSU campus (left). As the SCSU initiative was celebrating its seventh year, BBBS of Central Minnesota brought the initiative to the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University for the first time in 2022-23, and wrapped up the school year with five matches (right).

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