uga trio ets program receives $2.5 million to support students in community

UGA TRIO ETS program

The University of Georgia received a federal grant of $511,480 for a five-year period totaling $2,557,400 from the U.S. Department of Education for the continuation of the TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program. UGA’s ETS program services 922 eligible participants in five counties, which include Clarke, Elbert, Hancock, Warren, and Wilkes counties.

The Educational Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school, continue to, and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assists participants with the postsecondary application process. Educational Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youths from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.

“The Talent Search program at UGA has had the privilege of serving students in Northeast Georgia for over 40 years and we look forward to continuing to provide services, especially in this critical time with the effects of Covid-19. Students need additional support to advance academically,” said Sherontae Maxwell, Assistant Director of Access Programs. “These funds will allow us to continue to make an impact and forge lasting relationships in the community.”

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