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

9/08/08


DENTON — The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has awarded Texas Woman’s University a $175,000 grant for its G-Force student-mentorship program, which is designed to increase enrollment among first-generation college students in Texas. This is the second consecutive year that TWU’s G-Force program has received the most funding of any university in the state.

These grant funds will go directly to TWU students in the form of wages earned for working in the TWU Go Centers.

“The TWU G-Force program has been a great success in reaching more than 6,600 students with the message that college is accessible for all,” TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart said. “I am pleased that the THECB has recognized the achievements of our G-Force program and is rewarding TWU students with these funds.”

G-Force members mentor high school students, participate in college enrollment workshops and staff TWU-sponsored Go Centers in area high schools. A Go Center is a physical space where students can find admission and financial aid application assistance and other information that encourages them to attend college.

TWU’s G-Force is the largest in the state with 70 student members.

“G-Force is an amazing organization and grants like this are what help keep its members active by helping us with our tuition, books and expenses,” said Cristal Retana, a TWU senior, chemistry/biology major and G-Force president. “The funds help us remove some of our financial road blocks in order to pursue our goals as TWU students and G-Force mentors.”

TWU currently operates 12 Go Centers in four North Texas counties. The new TWU Mobile Go Center, funded by the College for Texans Foundation, also travels to area schools and community events for college-readiness programs.

As part of the state’s Work-Study Student Mentorship Program, funded in 2007 for the biennium, 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.

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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