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UCR’s Educational Talent Search Program Receives $1.15 Million Grant

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Program helps put low-income and potential first-generation students at four San Bernardino high schools on the path to college

A five-year, $1.15 million grant from the U.S Department of Education will allow the Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at the Universi ty of California, Riverside to continue its work of putting low-income high school students in the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) on the path towards pursuing a college education.

The ETS program at UC Riverside has been in existence since 2002. It is overseen by the Office of TRiO Programs and is one of over 450 such programs nationwide and 60 in California.

Four SBCUSD high schools will participate in the program, Arroyo Valley High School, Pacific High School, San Bernardino High School, and San Gorgonio High School.

The grant, $230,000 annually, was awarded on Sept. 1, 2011 and will provide funding through 2016.

TRiO Director Alicia Velazquez said that she expects more than 1000 students to participate in the four year program, which offers one-on-one academic advising, mentoring, college campus visits, cultural activities, and a new threeday summer residential component at UC Riverside. The program is open to low-income and potential first generation college students at the schools.

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