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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              CONTACT: Gareth Murray

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

Annapolis, MD (August 26, 2010) – The Maryland Higher Education Commission has awarded grants totaling over $750,000 to help prepare low-income high school students for college. 

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

“Maryland’s GEAR UP students are currently seniors in high school,” said Dr. James E. Lyons, Secretary of Higher Education.  “Now more than ever they need support from the Maryland Higher Education Commission and college partners to ensure they take the necessary steps to attend college next year.”

This year’s recipients of the CPIP awards will offer a variety of programming to include hands on college admission workshops, career exploratory activities, and financial aid awareness seminars.

The following institutions received awards:  Capitol College; Community College of Baltimore County; Prince George’s Community College; Towson University; University of Maryland, Baltimore; 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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