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Shaheen Applauds Announcement of Federal Grant to Help Low-Income New Hampshire Students Prepare for College

**$1.67 million grant will provide direct support to 500 seventh grade students in Berlin, Claremont, Franklin, Laconia, Lisbon, Stewartstown and Whitefield**

(Manchester, NH)—This afternoon, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) applauded announcement of a $1.67 million federal grant to help low-income students in New Hampshire gain awareness of and readiness for undergraduate education. This is the first time New Hampshire has received funding through the Department of Education’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), which will support 500 seventh grade students at Berlin Middle School, Claremont Middle School, Franklin Middle School, Laconia Middle School, Lisbon Regional School, Stewartstown Community School and Whitefield Elementary School. These students will receive GEAR UP programming support through their first year of college and will also be eligible for scholarships.  

“Low-income students face many daunting hurdles to gaining access to a college education,” said Shaheen. “This funding will encourage low-income students to set their sights on a college education and provide the day-to-day assistance that they’ll need to get there. Access to higher education is a gateway to the middle class and is critical to building a stronger Granite State economy.”