$5.6 mil­lion awarded for out­reach, men­tor­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

Fifty col­leges, gov­ern­men­tal units and non­profit groups have been awarded a to­tal of $5.6 mil­lion for pro­grams that ad­vance stu­dent en­roll­ment and re­ten­tion.

This is the sixth con­sec­u­tive year that the Texas Guar­an­teed Stu­dent Loan Corp. has made the com­pet­i­tive awards. The Round Rock-based cor­po­ra­tion is a pub­lic non­profit that ad­min­is­ters a ma­jor fed­eral stu­dent loan pro­gram in Texas.

Grants will be used for need-based fi­nan­cial aid, pre­c­ol­lege out­reach to stu­dents and fam­i­lies, stu­dent men­tor­ing, in­tern­ships and ed­u­ca­tional re­search. Stu­dents in low-to mod­er­ate-in­come fam­i­lies and those who are the first gen­er­a­tion in their fam­ily to at­tend col­lege are a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus.

Cen­tral Texas re­cip­i­ents in­clude the Ann Richards School Foun­da­tion, $64,349; Col­lege For­ward, $124,500; Con mi madre … Moth­ers and Daugh­ters Rais­ing Ex­pec­ta­tions, $76,476; Ed­u­ca­tion Equals Eco­nom­ics Al­liance, $113,489; His­panic Schol­ar­ship Con­sor­tium, $10,500; Hous­ing Author­ity of the City of Austin, $140,500; the Round Rock school district, $96,996; St. Ed­ward’s Uni­ver­sity, $105,000; and the Uni­ver­sity of Texas, $205,703.

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