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University Alliance grants will support outreach, recruitment, retention projects

University Alliance grants will support outreach, recruitment, retention projects

The University Alliance, a partnership between UGA and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, has awarded
14 University Alliance Grants for the 2009-2010 academic year.

The grants, ranging from $2,000-$8,000, will support outreach, recruitment and retention projects by academic professionals, student organizations as well as academic and public service faculty members.

Funded projects include programs to increase high school preparedness in the physical sciences, to expose students to careers in agricultural fields through a six-week research intensive internship, to develop an ongoing outreach and recruitment strategy for high school students as well as support parents when their students prepare applications to attend UGA, to increase academic preparedness for middle school students and their parents, and to create a network for current UGA students and their parents through mentorship of previous participants.

“The university’s reach into a growing segment of our community continues to expand through our partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund,” said Art Dunning, vice president for public service and outreach. “I am pleased we can continue to provide support to ­academic units, public service faculty and student organizations who wish to create academic opportunities for Latino students. Our partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund supports our mission of strengthening connections to communities in the state of Georgia as well as collaboration among UGA’s outreach, research and teaching missions.”

The 2009-2010 University Alliance grant recipients, their department/unit and project title include:

• Thomas Gausvik, Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, “Young Dawgs: A Workforce Solution-Hispanic Initiative;”
• Mary Atwater, mathematics and science education, “Latino After School Physical Science;”
• Cory Buxton and Martha Allexsaht-Snider, elementary and social studies education, “Steps to College: BHL to UGA through Science (Year 2);”
• Daniel Bivins, Fanning Institute, ­”Sueños Grandes: Increasing Academic Preparedness at Coile Middle School (Year 2)” and “Amigos Mentoring: Preparing Coile Students for Life;”
• Joe Dennis, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, “Latino Journalist Development Project (Year 2);”
• Ann Glauser and Melissa Garber, Division of Academic Enhancement, “Creating a Network of Latino Parents to Share Information and Experiences Relevant for their Children’s Success at UGA;”
• Paul Matthews and Paula Mellom, Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education, “Increasing Academic Preparedness and Enhancing Outreach of Latino High Schoolers-Summer Academy for Language, Science and Aspirations (Year 2);”
• Libby Morris, Institute of Higher Education, “Georgia College Advising Corps;”
• Vanesssa Smith, Office of Institutional Diversity, “Movimiento Latino;”
• David Gutierrez, Students for Latin@ Empowerment, “Sígueme (Year 2);”
• Mayra Velez, Students for Latin@ Empowerment, “¡Si, Se Puede! (Year 2);”
• Ron Walcott, Jessica Loggins and Jean Bertrand, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, “Young Scholars Program;” and
• Jean Bertrand and others, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, “Hall County Latino Students Recruiting Event for CAES (Year 2).”
HSF is the nation’s leading Hispanic scholarship organization, providing the Hispanic and other under-served communities college scholarships and educational outreach. In its 34-year history, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $250 million in scholarships to more than 90,000 students in need. The University Alliance grant is funded by the Lilly Endowment.