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New Collin Grant Aims to Start New Family Tradition: Higher Education


April 29, 2005 - Elizabeth Trejo is a student at Collin County Community College District (Collin) and the first in her family to attend college. Thanks to a new grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, more students like Elizabeth may be attending college in Collin County soon.

The state has just presented Collin County Community College with a $25,000 grant to help these “first-generation college students” with funding for college. Current or prospective students who are interested in applying for the grants must do so by mid-June.  These grants, up to $500 each, will be available for the summer semester.

Alicia Huppe is director of recruitment and programs for new students at the college.

“This is our second year to participate in this grant program,” said Huppe. “We are very excited to assist our first-generation college students in their educational endeavors at Collin.”

For more information on the Collin first-generation college student grant program, contact Alicia Huppe at 972.516.5086.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.