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March 2006 Press Release




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


Annapolis, MD (March 10, 2006) -- The Maryland Higher Education Commission is accepting proposals for grants under a program aimed at preparing middle school students from low-income communities 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 the Maryland GEAR UP – Focus on Math program, a federal early intervention program, currently operating in six counties throughout the state. 

“These grant projects will help ensure that the 7th-grade GEAR UP students have access to challenging and interesting mathematics programs. Math education in middle school plays an important role—it is the gatekeeper to the study of mathematics and science in high school and college,” 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. Projects will be funded in the range of $80,000 to $125,000. 

A technical assistance meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 24, 2006, at the Gateway Business and Technology Training Center, Room 4, Columbia, MD. 

Proposals are due May 1, 2006. Notification of grant awards will be made on or about May 31, 2006. The RFP is available online at www.mhec.state.md.us/Grants/CollegePreparationInterventionProgram/CPIP.asp. 
For more information about the grant, call 410-260-3207.


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