Congressman Brian Higgins announced Canisius College was awarded a grant totaling $352,266 through the U.S. Department of Education’s talent search program. The grant provides funding for the college’s academic talent search program, which is designed to identify students in underserved communities with the potential for success in post-secondary education.
“This program invests in our young people, providing support toward academic success and underscoring with students that a college degree is within reach,” Higgins said.
The Department of Education’s talent search program identifies and assists underrepresented students encouraging them to graduate high school and continue their education to complete a college degree. It also reaches students who have not completed secondary and post-secondary programs, encouraging them to reenter and finish their college degree.
Canisius College will utilize the grant to collaborate with select schools, including the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, Burgard High School, McKinley High School, and Math Science Technology Prep School at Seneca. Providing funding for staffing and support to 635 participants, the academic talent search program will dedicate resources throughout the year to provide quality tutoring on a regular basis. The goal is to encourage students to graduate high school, enroll in and complete college, and inform them about financial aid resources, scholarships, grants and opportunity programs.
Canisius College’s holistic approach to learning seeks to ensure 88% of the program’s non-seniors are promoted to the next grade level, 75% graduate from high school and 84% enroll in college.