Arkansas universities, colleges receive more than $2 million in federal grants

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The U.S. Department of Education has granted Arkansas more than $2 million in funding for Arkansas Higher education through the federal Student Support Services Program.

"Supporting diversity throughout higher education is important for our state. These grants will expand education opportunities and help Arkansans from all walks of life develop the skills they need to be successful in the workforce," said U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.

U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, said the money will help produce a better workforce.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce. These grants make the dream of college attainable for more Arkansans than ever before by providing the funding for much-needed support of these students and others who are in need of such services. This will allow our campuses to grow increasingly diverse and ultimately, help more Arkansans earn a degree and enter the workforce with confidence. I applaud this important investment,” Womack said.

The following institutions of higher education received funding:
Arkadelphia: Henderson State University will receive $247,582 for funding under the Student Support Services Program.

Batesville: University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will receive $220,000 for funding under the Student Support Services Program.

Fort Smith: University of Arkansas at Fort Smith will receive $220,000 for funding under the Student Support Services Program.

Helena-West Helena: Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas will receive $314,691 for funding under the Student Support Services Program.

Hot Springs: National Park Community College will receive $352,838 for funding under the Student Support Services Program.

Melbourne: Ozarka College will receive $278,421 for funding under the Student Support Services Program.

North Little Rock: Pulaski Technical College will receive $231,103 for funding under the Student Support Services Program.

Russellville: Arkansas Tech University will receive $220,000 for funding under the Student Services Support Services.

Siloam Springs: John Brown University will receive $231,103 for funding under the Student Support Services Program.

These competitive grants are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. Student Support Services (SSS) programs aim to provide services promoting persistence in and graduation from postsecondary institutions for low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities.

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