TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida State University’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement has received a $205,500 donation of state and local funds to help improve college access for low-income and educationally disadvantaged students in grades 6-12.
This funding includes a $145,500 award from the Florida Department of Education College Reach-Out Program and $60,000 from the Community Human Service Partnership grant, sponsored by the City of Tallahassee and Leon County.
The new funding, combined with an Upward Bound grant that the program received last year, will result in a total of $603,238.
That funding will be leveraged through Summer 2021 to serve 180 students who attend R. Frank Nims Middle School Pre-Law Program and Griffin Middle School in Leon County, Gadsden County High School in Gadsden County and Robert E. Lee High School in Duval County.
“All students should be supported and afforded an equal opportunity to pursue a college education,” said Inika Williams, assistant director of CARE and the director of pre-collegiate programs.
Students participating in the program will receive year-round mentorship, academic tutoring, college and career coaching and cultural exposure and enrichment opportunities, according to a press release announcing the funding.
Additionally, students will also participate in monthly enrichment workshops at FSU and attend a residential summer experience at the university.
For more information on the FSU CARE College Reach-Out Program or the Upward Bound Program, click here.