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Projects in 25 States and Puerto Rico Awarded Share of $14 Million in Trio Talent Search Grants, Aiming to Increase Access to Higher Education

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Editor's note: A program in your state is among the list of awarded grantees. See list at the bottom for reference.

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of $14.2 million for 43 new awards under the Talent Search program. These five-year grants will help more than 32,000 young people in 25 states and Puerto Rico gain the skills and knowledge they need to enroll in and complete secondary school and postsecondary education.

"The Talent Search program supports students facing difficult challenges and gets them back on track to finish high school and enroll in higher education," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Through these grants, thousands of students will increase their chances of earning advanced degrees and going on to join the workforce, helping attain critical, national goals of leading the world in college completion by 2020 and improving the economy."

Talent Search, one of seven programs collectively known as the federal TRIO programs, provides disadvantaged youth with connections to high quality tutoring services and counseling services for students and families to improve financial aid literacy and financial planning for postsecondary education.

Activities and services are specially designed for students who are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, including students with disabilities, students who are limited English proficient, homeless children and youth, students who are in or exiting foster care, first-generation college students, and other at-risk youth.

Attached is a list of the 43 grantees, alphabetical by state, with number of participants and funding amount for FY2012.

State City Recipient Funding Participants
AL Huntsville North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence $466,413 1,016
AL Monroeville Alabama Southern Community College $629,380 1,386
AR Arkadelphia Henderson State University $227,309 500
AR Blytheville Arkansas Northeastern College $488,307 1,068
AZ Yuma Arizona Western College $257,769 583
CA Rohnert Park Sonoma State University $459,264 1,020
CA Seaside California State University/ Monterey Bay $509,634 1,166
FL Gainesville Santa Fe College $306,345 680
FL Leesburg Lake-Sumter Community College $257,769 612
GA Atlanta Georgia State University $257,769 583
GA Waycross Concerted Services, Inc. $435,080 1,021
GA Athens University of Georgia $375,581 922
GA Fort Valley Fort Valley State University $335,093 728
HI Honolulu University of Hawaii/ Windward $230,000 500
HI Honolulu University of Hawaii/ Windward $230,000 500
IN Indianapolis Ivy Tech Community College/Gary $257,769 583
KS Chanute Neosho County Community College $257,769 655
KY Highland Heights Northern Kentucky University $382,757 952
KY Berea Berea College $351,467 765
MA Boston The Education Resources Institute, Inc. $314,072 685
MI Hancock Finlandia University $306,345 729
MI Alpena Alpena Community College $323,796 703
MN Northfield St. Olaf College $320,832 700
MN Minneapolis Minneapolis Community & Technical College $339,904 777
MO Park Hills Mineral Area College $230,000 562
MS West Point North Mississippi Center for Higher Educational Advancement, Inc. $292,267 635
MS West Point North Mississippi Center for Higher Educational Advancement, Inc. $230,000 592
NE Omaha Applied Information Management Institute $230,000 600
OH Dayton Educational Partners, Inc. $230,000 640
OK Seminole Seminole State College $320,832 700
OK Poteau Carl Albert State College/Poteau $306,752 668
OR Portland Multnomah Education Service District $230,000 503
OR Portland Portland State University $313,994 685
PR Gurabo Universidad del Truabo $355,588 778
RI Warwick Community College of Rhode Island $476,854 1,038
SC Beaufort Technical College of the Lowcountry $340,728 777
SC Pendleton Tri-County Technical College $391,538 854
SD Vermillion University of South Dakota $405,217 971
TX El Paso University of Texas/ El Paso $285,022 619
TX Weatherford Weatherford College $230,000 592
TX Brownsville University of Texas/ Brownsville and Texas $291,859 680
VT Winooski Vermont Student Assistance Corporation $443,887 971
WI Milwaukee University of Wisconsin/ Milwaukee $321,560 705