Alma College Grant Helps 1st-Generation Students

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(Courtesy of The Detroit Free Press)

he state of Michigan has given a $700,000 grant to Alma College for underprivileged and first-generation students.

The Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant reports today that the King-Chavez-Parks Select Student Support Services Grant is designed to guide students toward a career. It also aims to connect the students with faculty, staff and returning students from similar backgrounds.

Alma College’s grants and government reports specialist Sheryle Dixon says about 40% of the mid-Michigan school’s student body is first-generation. She says those students at a higher risk for dropping out.

Dixon says the grant is given out only once every six years, and she had to submit a 50-page grant application.

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