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U.S. Dept. of Education grants $1 million to ACU TRIO

For immediate release
Sept. 11, 2002

Abilene Christian University's TRIO program received a grant of more than $1 million over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Education to begin a new program that could mean a better retention rate for Abilene Independent School District.

The new grant will allow ACU to begin a program called Talent Search, working with 400-500 middle school and high school students per year in Abilene who are considered "at risk" for dropping out of school. The program is designed to keep the students in school and help them get into college, said Mark Upton, director of Talent Search.

"Receiving a grant of this type allows TRIO to expand its efforts to a population of students not yet involved with TRIO programs," Upton said. "We believe this allows ACU another opportunity to enhance the lives of the youth in Abilene. I believe the potential positive impact on the A.I.S.D. is immeasurable."

The ACU program will be housed at the Anson/Jones facility in north Abilene and will consist of tutors and counselors working specifically to help the high school and middle school age students with school work, study skills and future plans.

The Talent Search grant proposal was given three perfect scores from the readers in a highly competitive atmosphere. Of the more than 350 grant submissions, less than 80 were funded.

TRIO programs provide opportunities for economically disadvantaged, first generation college students, under-represented and disabled students. These programs are government funded and fall under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, university news coordinator.

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