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April 2008 Press Release





Grants are part of the State’s College Preparation Intervention Program



Annapolis, MD (April 3, 2008)


The Maryland Higher Education Commission has awarded grants totaling $563,318 to help prepare low-income high school students for college.

The grants, under the State’s College Preparation Intervention Program (CPIP), were awarded to six institutions of higher education to support Maryland “GEAR UP – Focus on Math” sites. Maryland GEAR UP is a federally funded early intervention program administered by the Maryland State Department of Education.

“These grants will provide numerous college preparation opportunities for low-income students,” said Paula Fitzwater, director of the Office of Grants for the Maryland Higher Education Commission. “Support and information will also be provided to the parents of these students to help them understand the college admissions and financial aid process.”

This year’s recipients of the CPIP awards will offer a variety of programming to include academic preparation and enhancement activities, college and career exploratory activities, financial aid awareness seminars, and professional development for teachers.

The following institutions received awards: Salisbury University; Towson University; University of Maryland, College Park (School of Engineering); University of Maryland, College Park (College of Education); University of Maryland Eastern Shore; and Wor-Wic Community College.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is Maryland’s higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and for private career schools.


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