ST. GEORGE — Dixie State University’s educational talent search program was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $1.98 million.
Starting in September, the grant will provide Dixie State $396,000 per year for the next five years to help the institution serve 825 first-generation and low-income students in the Washington County School District.
The program, which has been at Dixie State for 26 years, has received consistent funding in the past. However, the funding over the next five years will be an increase over the $379,019 it received per year over the past five years.
Dixie State is one of just 449 higher education institutions nationwide to receive the grant.
“We are happy to see that our ETS program will continue to receive such support at DSU,” program director Kitty Hughes said.
Hughes authored the 65-page grant proposal.
“One hundred percent of our ETS students graduated from high school this year, and of those students, 81 percent enrolled in college for the fall 2016 semester.”
The educational talent search program is a Title IV, federally funded academic program. It is designed to assist those first-generation and low-income middle- and high-school students participating make the transition from high school to a postsecondary education institution.
Dixie State University’s educational talent search program provides services to assist students in obtaining financial aid, applying for postsecondary admission, selecting courses and improving academic performance. It serves students at Enterprise, Millcreek, Pine View, Dixie, Hurricane and Snow Canyon high schools, and at Dixie, Hurricane, Pine View and Snow Canyon middle schools.
Dixie State University educational talent search program webpage