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(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced that the University of New Hampshire’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program has won a $532,541 competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  The program helps low-income youth and adults earn entrance to college, and the award will allow it to serve nearly 1,200 students. 

“To keep our economy competitive in the 21st century, we need a highly trained workforce that has the skills employers need. But many students from low-income backgrounds face numerous challenges in gaining entrance to college,” Shaheen said.  “Through the academic and preparatory services it supports, this award will help New Hampshire students overcome these challenges and enable them to enjoy the benefits of a college education.”

“The University of New Hampshire Educational Talent Search program is elated to receive notification of this funding,” said ETS Director Carolyn Julian.  “ETS has provided services to thousands of low-income, first generation college participants in New Hampshire for over 40 years.  We are thrilled to be able to continue to encourage and support students to graduate from high school, and enroll in and complete college.”

As part of the ETS program, students as early as grade 6 receive services including academic advising, assistance in choosing high school courses, help in preparing for college entrance exams, and career, college, and financial aid information.  The program targets students from low-income families where neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree, as well as low-income adults who haven’t completed postsecondary education.