$3.2 million in grants to aid students in 7 Pa. school districts

Penn State's Talent Search program, administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, has received more than $3.2 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The program, which serves more than 1,550 Pennsylvania students in sixth to 12th grade each year, seeks to increase the number of low-income and first-generation college students.

Funding was received in the form of two five-year grants, both of which will run from Sept. 1, 2011, to Aug. 31, 2016. The first program, totaling $2.1 million, will work with students in the Aliquippa, Clairton, Farrell, New Castle, New Kensington-Arnold and Sharon school districts in western Pennsylvania. The second program, totaling $1.1 million, will work with the York City School District and New Hope Academy Charter School.

Through Educational Equity's Talent Search program, students in these districts will receive services focused on assisting them to successfully pass to the next grade level, graduate on time from a rigorous high school program of study, enroll in postsecondary education immediately following high school graduation and complete a postsecondary credential within six years of high school graduation.

Penn State Educational Equity has a long history of providing specialized services, including those being offered by the Talent Search program. The program serving Aliquippa, Clairton, Farrell, New Castle, New Kensington-Arnold and Sharon school districts has been in continual operation since 1992; the York program was added in 2002. For more information about these or the vast array of other Educational Equity programs, visit http://www.equity.psu.edu/ online.

For more information about the Talent Search program, or to learn how to enroll, visit http://www.equity.psu.edu/ts/ online.

Last Updated September 21, 2011