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August 2008 Press Release


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                               CONTACT: Christopher Falkenhagen
                                                                                                       MHEC Communications
                                                                                                       (410) 260-4511

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

Annapolis, MD (August 19, 2008) -- The Maryland Higher Education Commission is accepting proposals for grants under a program aimed at preparing GEAR UP students for success in college.

The grants, under the State’s College Preparation Intervention Program (CPIP), will be awarded to institutions of higher education to support eligible Maryland GEAR UP – Focus on Math sites. Maryland GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded early intervention program administered by the Maryland State Department of Education.

“These grant projects will help ensure that the GEAR UP students, as tenth graders, continue to receive the ongoing support and services necessary to prepare them for postsecondary education,” said Paula Fitzwater, director of the Office of Grants for the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Approximately $750,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis to eligible applicants. A technical assistance meeting will be held September 12, 2008, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. A networking lunch will be provided, and GEAR UP site coordinators have been invited. The meeting and lunch will take place at the Howard Community College Gateway Building, Room 3; directions are available at http://www.howardcc.edu/about_hcc/getting_around/campus_locations/. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Takeia M. Bradley at tbradley@mhec.state.md.us by September 9, 2008.

Proposals are due October 15, 2008. Notification of grant awards will be made on or about November 7, 2008. The RFP is available online at http://www.mhec.state.md.us/Grants/CollegePreparationInterventionProgram/CPIP.asp. For more information about the grant, call 410-260-3207.



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