Dixie State University receives $1.98 M grant to continue serving disadvantaged students

Middle-school students tour DSU campus as part of the Educational Talent Search program.

ST. GEORGE, Utah, July 21, 2016 – Dixie State University’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $1.98 million.

Starting this September, the grant will provide DSU with $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 DSU for 26 years, has received consistent funding in the past. However, the next five years’ funding will be an increase from the $379,019 it received per year for the past five.

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,” said Kitty Hughes, DSU’s director of ETS, who authored the 65-page grant proposal. “100 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.”

ETS is a Title IV, federally funded academic program and is designed to assist first-generation and low-income middle- and high-school students in making the transition from high school to a postsecondary education institution.

Dixie State University’s ETS program provides services to assist students in obtaining financial aid, applying for postsecondary admission, selecting courses and improving academic performance. ETS serves students at Enterprise High, Millcreek High, Dixie Middle, Dixie High, Hurricane Middle, Hurricane High, Pine View Middle, Pine View High, Snow Canyon Middle and Snow Canyon High schools.

For more information about Dixie State’s ETS program, visit trio.dixie.edu/educational-talent-search.



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