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Coordinating Board awards TWU largest work-study mentorship grant in state

8/17/07


DENTON — The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has awarded Texas Woman’s University a $214,500 grant for the university’s student-mentorship program, which is designed to increase college enrollment among first-generation college students in Texas. TWU’s G-Force program received the most funding of any university in the state.

G-Force members mentor high school students, participate in college enrollment workshops and help to staff TWU-sponsored Go Centers in area high schools. A Go Center is a physical space in a high school that offers students admission and financial aid application assistance and other information to encourage greater participation in higher education by potential first generation college students.

“The TWU G-Force program has been a great success in exposing more potential first-generation students to the college experience,” TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart said. “I am pleased that the THECB has recognized the achievements of our G-Force program and is rewarding the students with these funds.”

TWU currently operates 11 Go Centers in four North Texas counties and also has a new Mobile Go Center, funded by the THECB Foundation, that will travel to area high schools starting in the fall. TWU’s G-Force is the largest in the state with 55 student members. As part of the state’s new Work-Study Student Mentorship Program, the THECB is allocating funds to institutions of higher education with existing G-Force programs based on the number of student mentors in the program.

“TWU has been a stellar partner in helping close the gaps in higher education as exemplified by their development of a successful collegiate G-Force model,” said Chris Alvarado, director of outreach initiatives for the THECB. “TWU’s willingness to provide trainings to other local institutions of higher education in Texas exemplifies the university as a leader in helping the state meet its goal of increasing the number of first-generation college students.”

The grant will allow G-Force members who qualify for state work-study — where students are paid for their on-campus or select off-campus jobs with state funds as part of their financial aid — to be hired as TWU student workers and be paid for their mentorship, presentation and Go-Center staffing hours. The students, who will work an average of 15 to 20 hours a week, will receive these work-study wages in addition to stipends from TWU, which range from $400 to $1,000 per semester.

“For the members of G-Force, the money will help us pay for tuition, books and other expenses, so of course it’s a positive reward for our commitment to the G-Force,” said Melina Ruiz, a TWU junior, social work major and the G-Force vice president. “Even more than that, the funds are an incentive for members to stay enrolled at TWU.”

“The new work-study funding will enable more students to join the G-Force,” Dr. Richard Nicholas, TWU vice president for student life, said. “Our goal is to increase the program as we receive requests to open more Go Centers in area high schools.”

Dr. Nicholas adds that this fall TWU will have G-Force members who were themselves mentored by the G-Force in high school.

“TWU also has seen a remarkable increase in college applicants from the high schools where we have Go Centers, and we aren’t the only university to experience an increase in applications from these schools,” he said.

More information on TWU’s G-Force and Go Centers is available at www.twu.edu/o-sl/intercultural/GoCenter.html.

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For Further Information Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu
 

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