Federal Grant Boosts HSU, Higher Ed. - Humboldt State Now

Federal Grant Boosts HSU, Higher Ed.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded another five-year, $1.79 million grant to Humboldt State University to help youngsters in grades six through 12 in Humboldt County who come from under-represented backgrounds and show potential for higher education.

The money will prepare slightly more than 1,000 students for post-secondary education per year at 19 Humboldt County schools. Annual installments will be $359,496.

The initiative is financed by the federal government’s TRIO Talent Search Program, which provides academic, career, and financial counseling to participants, and encourages them to graduate from high school in preparation for future study. They can obtain tutorial and mentoring assistance, exposure to college campuses, and help in completing college admissions, as well as other services.

The Talent Search grant was first awarded to Humboldt State in 1991 and the latest installment continues an existing program.

Steven Butler, HSU’s Vice President for Student Affairs, said, “This program is of great benefit to the local Humboldt County community and serves as an invaluable investment in the future of California, and the rest of the nation, by providing access to higher education for traditionally under-represented populations.”

Last year, HSU received more than $1.4 million for a four-year period under a separate section of the TRIO program, Student Support Services. It was first established at the Arcata campus in 1972.

TRIO kicked off that year with Upward Bound, which emerged from the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 under the Johnson administration.

For further information, call Humboldt State Student Affairs at 707/826-3361.