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May 2009 Press Release



For immediate release: May 7, 2009                                                           Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen

                                                                                                                            Communications: (410) 260-4511



MHEC awards grants to prepare low-income students for college


ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 7, 2009) – The Maryland Higher Education Commission has awarded grants totaling $388,212 to provide outreach activities and services to improve preparation for and access to college for low-income underachieving middle school students.

The grants, under the federal College Access Challenge Grant Program, were awarded to seven non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education to provide college awareness information and services to middle school students, who are at risk of not enrolling in or preparing for college, and their parents on postsecondary benefits, opportunities, and career planning.

“These grants will provide academic enrichment, college awareness and career exploration activities for students who may be at risk of not enrolling in or completing postsecondary education,” said Secretary of Higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr. “Support and information will also be provided to the parents of these students to help them understand the college admissions and financial aid process. ”

Recipients of the College Access Challenge Grant awards will offer a variety of programming to include college and career exploratory activities, financial aid awareness seminars, college tours, and information on the importance of taking rigorous courses in high school.

The following organizations/institutions received awards: EduSerc, Johns Hopkins University, Living Classrooms Foundation, Metropolitan Saturday Academy (MSA) Science and Technology Programs, Inc., Minority Access, Inc., Towson University, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and private career schools. It serves as an advocate for more than 325,000 college students in Maryland, for the State and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.


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