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UNI Talent Search program receives six-figure grant from U.S. Department of Education

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Tony Stevens, director, Talent Search, (319) 234-6819
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Talent Search program sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa has received a five-year $385,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Only those programs ranking in the top 10 percent nationwide receive five-year funding.

Tony Stevens, director for Talent Search, said the funds will support programming designed to help students prepare for and acquire a post-secondary education.

Talent Search works with students in sixth grade through age 18, as well as dropouts. Services include tutoring, assistance with career exploration, academic advising, financial aid advising and admissions assistance. The program serves approximately 1,200 students in Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler and Chickasaw counties.

Stevens said that although two-thirds of program participants must be either low-income or first-generation college students, any student with a need for the services is eligible. 'A lot of people will stray away from programs like ours because they figure it's just for low-income students, or students who need academic assistance. That's not the case with Talent Search. We serve a wide range of students, from those doing well academically but needing a little help finding scholarships, to those who need academic assistance in several areas.'

For more information, contact Tony Stevens at (319) 234-6819.