$5.6 million awarded for outreach, mentoring
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.