Boise State’s Educational Talent Search Program gets $3.5 million
A Boise State University program that helps low-income students advance their education and succeed in high school and college has been awarded two federal grants totaling more than $3.5 million over five years.
U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch notified Boise State’s Educational Talent Search program that it had been awarded the grants. ETS is a federally-funded program that helps students complete high school and enroll at post-secondary schools. Most students come from low-income families and are the first generation in their families to attend college. The students are usually in need of financial and academic help to expand their educational opportunities.
“Program applicants had to score a 100 out of 100 possible points to be awarded a grant,” said Scott Willison, professor and director of the Center for Multicultural and Educational Opportunities. “These highly competitive grants are a tribute to the quality of our programs at Boise State.”
The two grants will serve 1,575 students in the Boise, Wilder, Parma, Homedale, Melba and Nampa school districts. The two grants total $709,097 a year for five years. Grant awards will provide funds to weekly services at each school to foster effective study habits, goal setting, enrollment in college-bound classes, career information, financial literacy and interest testing. Students also get help with college admissions and applying for scholarships and financial aid.
Students in the program may attend college and career fairs and career workshops. The students also visit colleges, participate in the TRiO National Day of Service and the Hispanic Youth Symposium. As juniors and seniors, students have a chance to visit out-of-state colleges and universities as well.
The Center for Multicultural and Educational Opportunities, located in the College of Education, oversees a number of programs designed to assist Idaho citizens in their pursuit of academic excellence.
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