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OLLU college readiness program wins $174K grant

OLLU's college readiness program, College Conexión, won a $174,320 grant from TG, a public, non-profit corporation that promotes educational access and success to help students achieve higher education and career goals. 

TG awarded $5.6 million in competitive grants to 50 institutions and nonprofits through its Public Benefit Grant Program for 2010-2011.  OLLU’s College Conexión won one of the top four grant amounts. See full list of grant recipients.

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Kay Stanson, director of College Conexión, was excited about the announcement, considering her program started just two years ago and competed against proposals from major universities and initiatives around the nation.

Stanson’s unique approach with College Conexión provides personalized, student and family outreach comprised of direct training sessions for more than 900 high school students and their families, assisting with college, career, and life readiness skills.  The program addresses several issues, but mainly the high rate of first-generation Hispanic students unprepared for higher education.

“I love ‘my kids’ and want them to be immersed in a rich, college-going culture within their school setting, their communities, homes, and peer circles,” Stanson said.  “They are so worthy of pursuing their dreams, and OLLU and I are here to work with them and their families to make attending college an attainable goal and to give them the determination and persistence to reach that goal.”

Grant funding from TG’s Public Benefit Program targeted programs that helped students from low- to moderate-income families.  Priority was given to programs that addressed the needs of first-generation college students.

This award is exciting news for the young, innovative College Conexión program at OLLU, but it’s not the program’s first.  In February, the national College Board named College Conexión as its 2010 Southwestern Region winner in the college readiness category in the first-ever Innovation Awards.