The University of Texas-Pan American is one of three South Texas universities awarded a total of $3.3 million through the U.S. Department of Education, Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (D-Mercedes) said recently.
UTPA will receive $1,629,940 over the next four years, or $407,485 per year. Coastal Bend Community College in Beeville and Texas A&M-Kingsville also will receive funds through the Student Support Services (SSS) program of the Department of Education.
"This grant will provide us with the needed funding to help foster stronger relationships with our students," said UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez, who thanked Hinojosa for his efforts. "Strong involvement and a keen student support services program is the key to ensuring student retention and student graduation."
The SSS program provides grants to higher education institutions for projects offering support services to low-income, first generation or disabled college students. It offers opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements and motivates students towards successful completion of their postsecondary education.
Program services include instruction in basic skills; tutorial services; academic, financial or personal counseling; mentoring; special services for students with limited English proficiency; and more.
"I am delighted that the actions taken last Congress to increase the funding for education programs have yielded $3.3 million in funding for South Texas students," Hinojosa said.
"This funding initiative will significantly increase a student's ability to succeed in school. Increasing student retention in our local universities and promoting educational excellence is my top priority, and I am pleased that our students have gained this advantage."