UC Merced Update

Campus Outreach Program Awarded $3.4 Million in Federal Grants


UC Merced’s Center for Education Partnerships (CEP) has been awarded three grants totaling more than $3.4 million from the U.S. Department of Education to continue its Talent Search program to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds attend college.

The five-year grants will support academic, college preparation and financial counseling for approximately 1,500 high school students who have the potential to succeed in higher education.

“Receiving these grants reflects the increased recognition of the outstanding work that the center is doing with the K-12 system up and down the San Joaquin Valley,” said Jane Lawrence, vice chancellor for student affairs. “We are thrilled to be able to further these necessary programs so that more students will have the means to graduate from high school and continue on to the postsecondary school.”

Under the new grants, CEP’s Talent Search program will work with students from Corcoran, Delhi, Farmersville, Fresno, Le Grand, Orestimba, Roosevelt and Strathmore high schools.

“These new grants will enable us to expand our existing program into new schools and affect the lives of more students,” said Orquidea Largo, interim director for the program. “The program provides a strong parent component, to help them become their child’s advisor and advocate.”

Approximately 600 area high school students are benefiting from the first four-year grant CEP received from the Department of Education in 2006 to launch the Talent Search program at Delhi, LeGrand, Orestimba, El Diamante, Strathmore and Corcoran high schools.