UNT dedicates $30,000 grant to recruitment-retention of first generation college students

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

DENTON (UNT), Texas — The University of North Texas Center for Outreachand Community Involvement plans to dedicate a $30,000 grant from the Texas HigherEducation Coordinating Board to recruit and retain students who are the firstin their families to attend college.

During the short life of the grant — that begins immediately and concludeson June 30 — UNT aims to implement a program called First To Go, FirstTo Know.

This special recruitment and retention program targets students in grades 9-12in Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton. It will also benefit first generation collegestudents who are involved in the university’s Multicultural ScholasticAward program.

According to Patrick Vasquez, community development and outreach director inthe UNT Division of Equity and Diversity, the overall goal of First To Go, FirstTo Know is to help a total of 240 students.

Part of the grant will be used to fund three UNT sponsored workshops for areahigh school students. Workshops are set March 23 (Tuesday) in Dallas, March 24(Wednesday) in Denton, and March 25 (Thursday) in Fort Worth. They will addressthe topics of college admissions, financial aid, and college perspectives. UNTadministrators the admissions and financial aid offices will be present to evaluatetranscripts, applications, and test scores.

Another portion of the grant program will help current UNT students — whoare the first in their families to attend college — through book grantsand financial aid.

"The book grants allow students to receive up to $200 for their books,without interfering with other financial aid funds they receive. Recipients cango directlyto the UNT bookstore with book vouchers," said Damian Hicks, co–directorof the grant program.

UNT was one of 20 Texas institutions of higher learning and one of four in theNorth Texas area to be awarded a THECB grant.

All of these grant programs are funded by a grant from the U.S. Department ofLabor to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Education Agency and the CoordinatingBoard.

For additional information, contact Patrick Vasquez at (940) 565-2553, or DamianHicks, co-director of the grant program, at (940) 565-2456.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108