UA, Grant to Help Local Students Succeed

APS Students and College Opportunity
Posted on 08/20/2021
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The University of Akron this week announced it will receive a $539,218 federal grant for its Educational Talent Search program, which helps prepare Akron-area students and adults who are low income or potential first-time college students for post-secondary education.

“The Northeast Ohio economy is providing great opportunities as we transition to advanced manufacturing, electric vehicles and battery storage and we need to ensure that all of our students have the chance to participate,” Rep. Tim Ryan said in a release. “The Talent Search Program will provide that chance for students who otherwise may fall through the cracks. I commend The University of Akron for ensuring students who need our help the most from Akron Public Schools and Summit County school districts have the resources and support they need.”

Educational Talent Search aims to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their post-secondary education. Each year, the program serves 972 students. Two-thirds of participating students are low-income and many are first-generation college students, according to the university. The funding will be used over the next five years to offer direct services, including in-school workshops, academic monitoring, academic year tutoring, a summer enrichment academy, a summer reading program and a peer mentoring program, according to the university.

“The University of Akron is pleased to again receive funding for the Educational Talent Search Grant,” said Deborah Stone, interim director of Academic Achievement Programs at the university, in a release. “These funds will allow us to continue to provide academic, career and financial counseling to our participants and encourage them to complete high school and go on to complete post-secondary education.”

To be considered for the program, students must be in grades 6-12 in an Akron-area school, or an adult interested in pursuing post-secondary education, and have a grade-point average of at least 2.3. Students must also meet federal income guidelines and/or be potential first-generation college students. The application is available on the university’s Educational Talent Search website.

Educational Talent Search is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the University of Akron.
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