State of Oregon awards OSU $64,583 grant to increase college access

Oregon State University is receiving a $64,583 grant from the State of Oregon for its College Access Initiative through the Office of Precollege Programs.

Funded through a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education received by Oregon in August, this award is part of the College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) program that awarded grants to 20 pre-college preparation programs across the state for a total of $915,000 in support.

The College Access Initiative project will expand the capacity of six key outreach programs at Oregon State University that form a continuous pipeline between elementary school and college. These programs represent a broad range of topics, formats, and student opportunities, including afterschool clubs (SMILE and AWSEM), day camps (Saturday Academy and Outside the Box), summer residential camps (SESEY), and school field trips (Campus Field Trips). Together these programs will provide college access programming to over 1,000 additional students from low-income, first-generation, and under-served minority backgrounds.

“This grant will significantly increase the capacity of our programs, allowing more students to participate,” said Kate Peterson, assistant provost of enrollment management at Oregon State University. “These programs have a high impact on students because they are fun, exciting, challenging learning experiences coupled with information on preparing for college, applying for scholarships and financial aid, and where to get answers and assurance that there are caring individuals ready to support their success.”

Kyle Cole, assistant director of Precollege Programs, said the programs have had a big impact on college-bound students.

“Collectively, our youth outreach programs had over 25,000 contacts with K-12 youth for over 270,000 contact hours of programming,” he said. ”OSU’s impact far surpasses that of any other Oregon university and we have the only dedicated office supporting youth outreach programs.”

Precollege programs at OSU serve elementary, middle and high school students across the state through partnerships with local school districts, GEAR UP schools, TRiO programs, 4-H International Programs, and Boys & Girls Clubs. Besides the $64,583 provided by the grant, Oregon State University will be providing an additional $53,450 in matching funds to run the program.

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