EDINBURG, Texas – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez says $2.1 million in federal funds have been awarded to UTRGV to assist migrant students. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Assistance Migrant Program. The university will identify and recruit 70 students from Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties to participate in the program.
Those students will receive access to a higher education, tutoring, mentoring, and financial assistance in an effort to make sure they are successful and complete a college degree.
Cindy Valdez, Associate VP Student Educational Outreach, “It is really a concentrated effort to work with this group of students and migrant farm worker students. They are first generation students; meaning they are the first in their families to go to college. This type of program is so important to provide them with the support that they need.”
With the grant the university is also making a commitment that 90 percent of students in the program who complete their first year will re-enroll for a second year.