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2017-09-22 / Business Briefs

New funding assists low- income students pursuing advanced degrees at Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa – A federal grant for the Pennsylvania State University, totaling more than $313,000, has been allocated to aid low-income students in their pursuits of advanced degrees.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Penn State University the funding for its Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement program. It is a federal TRIO program funded at 151 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson is a senior member of the House Committee on Education & the Workforce and a member of the Congressional TRIO Caucus in the House of Representatives.

“Participation in the McNair Scholars Program is a life-changing experience for many students,” Rep. Thompson said. “Affording greater opportunities to low-income and first-generation students who have shown great promise in the pursuit of advanced education will help serve our community and country. Whether participants continue in academia or the private sector, a relatively small investment in a McNair Scholar is a great investment in America’s future.”

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