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Coordinating Board awards TWU a $300,000 grant for its G-Force program

8/17/11

DENTON — The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has awarded Texas Woman’s University a $300,000 grant for the university’s student mentor G-Force program, which is designed to increase college enrollment among first-generation college students in Texas.

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,” said Dr. Richard Nicholas, TWU vice president for student life. “I am proud that the Coordinating Board is recognizing the achievements of our G-Force program and is rewarding the students with these funds.”

The two-year 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, presenting workshops 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 $500 to $1,500 per semester.

“The funds from this grant will allow me to continue to reach and impact high school students through the G-Force,” said Juan Gonzalez, a senior computer science major and the TWU G-Force president. “The funds also make it possible for G-force members to continue to pursue our higher education goals.”

TWU currently operates 16 Go Centers in five North Texas counties and the TWU Mobile Go Center, which travels to area middle and high schools. TWU’s G-Force is one of the largest in the state with 45 student members. More than 80 percent of TWU G-Force members are first-generation students and the group has an average GPA of 3.0.

In 2010-2011, G-Force mentored approximately 7,500 students in North Texas.

More information on TWU’s G-Force and Go Centers is available www.twu.edu/intercultural-services/g-force.asp.


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Amanda Simpson
Director of Media Relations
940-898-3456
asimpson1@twu.edu

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