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UC Merced talent search to expand

POSTED December 23, 2011 5:47 p.m.

The University of California, Merced will offer students at eight Valley high schools extra help in preparing for college.

The program, made possible by a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, will allow UC Merced to continue its “Talent Search,” intended to help low-income, first-generation college students to complete high school and enroll in and complete a postsecondary education. Each student receives academic, college preparation, and financial counseling, including application and financial aid assistance.

Since the 2006 launch of the program, about 600 students have benefited from the program. An additional 1,500 disadvantaged students from Delhi, Farmersville, Fresno, Le Grand, Orestimba, Corcoran, Roosevelt, and Strathmore high schools will participate through the new grant.

Participants must meet federal eligibility outlines, including U.S. citizenship or nationality, permanent U.S. residency, low-income levels, and neither parent may have completed a bachelor’s degree. For more information, call (559) 241-7476.

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