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Oregon University System receives $1.5 million grant to improve college access

Oregon pre‐college programs and organizations
may apply for grants through October 10

Adrienne Enriquez, College Access Challenge Grant Program Manager (adrienne_enriquez@ous.edu / 503725‐2914)
Stephanie Carnahan, Director of College Access Programs (stephanie_carnahan@ous.edu / 541‐346‐5761)

September 28, 2011: The Oregon University System (OUS) announced today that Oregon will benefit from a $1.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue their work for another year under the College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACG). The CACG is a federally‐funded grant program that is designed to foster partnerships among federal, state and local government entities and philanthropic organizations to significantly increase the number of underrepresented students who enter and remain in postsecondary education.

The 2011 grant is the third consecutive federal grant for Oregon’s CACG program, which is administered by the OUS for the state of Oregon, and will be used to continue supporting and expanding pre‐college programs and initiatives through a sub‐grant process. The initial CACG grant administered by OUS from 2008‐2011 focused on increasing college resources for adult learners. The grant cycle became annual in 2010 and the state shifted its focus to supporting pre‐college programs and making funds available to organizations with successful track‐records in college outreach to underserved populations in Oregon. “The 2010 funding was distributed to 17 programs throughout Oregon that serve a variety of populations,” said Stephanie Carnahan, director of college access programs for OUS. “Programs were able to serve more students and expand their emphasis on postsecondary education, particularly for specific communities such as youth in foster care. As Oregon works towards the goal of having 80% college graduates by 2020, it is even more crucial that promising programs throughout the state reach more students.”

With this additional one‐year grant, the CACG will continue to support programs dedicated to providing college resources to students, parents, and educators. Applications are being accepted from pre‐college programs based in Oregon K‐12 schools, public colleges and universities, private nonprofit colleges and universities, private nonprofit organizations, and tribal entities until October 10 for sub‐grants that will range from $20,000 to $65,000. Application information can be found at: https://secure.ous.edu/bapp/bopps/view/3074. The recipients of the funding will be announced by late October.

“We are looking forward to continuing the momentum from last year’s College Access Challenge Grant,” said Adrienne Enriquez, the grant program manager. “It’s exciting to see the diversity of programs that are addressing the importance of a college education, as well as providing the resources to explore college and career options and navigate the admissions and financial aid process.”

The CACG joins Oregon GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), another federally‐funded initiative to increase low‐income students preparation for college, in the Oregon University System’s dedication to providing higher education for all Oregonians.

For more information: Oregon College Access Challenge Grant and U.S. Department of Education.

Oregon University System (OUS) comprises seven distinguished public universities, reaching more than one million people each year through on‐campus classes, statewide public services and lifelong learning.