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Middle schools get college visit grants

March 17, 2019

CHARLESTON — Research indicates that visiting a college campus will improve the likelihood that a student will apply and matriculate to college.

The Education Alliance, in partnership with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, is providing a $1,500 grant to 25 West Virginia middle schools to increase student participation in college visits.

“The Education Alliance is

excited to support West Virginia middle school students as they explore opportunities at two-year and four-year colleges in our state” said Dr. Amelia Courts, president and chief executive officer of The Education Alliance. “The business community agrees that we need to increase the proportion of West Virginians with degrees, certificates and other high-quality credentials. We know that familiarizing students with a college environment while they are still in middle school will help them become aware of campus resources and be better prepared for higher education.”

The Education Alliance is providing a total of $37,000 in grant funding for students from 25 West Virginia Middle Schools including Huntington Middle School in Cabell County.

The College Visit grant program is designed to engage seventh-grade students in free college visits of public two-and four-year institutions in spring 2019.

During the college visits, students will have an opportunity to understand a college experience firsthand and to get a taste of the specific institution by visiting their campus. Participating middle school students will have the opportunity to meet college-level students and professors and to speak with admissions officers and financial aid counselors.

The best way for students to determine if an institution is a good fit is through a college visit. For more information, contact Beth Bowden at 304-342-7850 or beth@educationalliance.org.

The College Visit grant program is made possible through grant funding from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.