High Ground: Local universities celebrated for underprivileged student support

“A $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will aid the University of Memphis in fostering academic success for first-generation, low-income and disabled students.

The funding will go toward the university-specific Student Success Program and its roster of TRIO programs, a federal set of initiatives that provides tutoring, counseling, mentoring and financial guidance for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Two of Memphis’ universities have received financial commitments that will further education opportunities for less-privileged groups.

This week, White House officials visited Christian Brothers University to formally recognize the school’s commitment to serving the Hispanic community. Two of CBU’s programs garnered praise from the The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Launched last year, CBU’s Latino Success Program provides scholarships and loans for Latino students, many of whom are undocumented and therefore ineligible for state and federal aid. CBU has committed $12 million in scholarships over the next seven years to go towards advancing Memphis’ Latino population.
The university’s was also recognized for its efforts with Hola CBU, a student-led group that organizes over 40 events a year with support from local organization Latino Memphis. “

Local universities celebrated for underprivileged student support.

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