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Collin Offers Grant for First-Time College Students

August 23, 2005 - Thanks to a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, more first-time college students than ever may be attending Collin County Community College District (Collin). Collin received a $50,000 grant to help “first-generation college students” buy textbooks, calculators, or other expensive school supplies. These grants, up to $500 each, will be available for the fall semester. Deadline for fall applications is Sept. 30.

Alicia Huppe, director of recruitment and programs for new students, said “This past summer we were able to offer over 60 scholarships to students through this program,” said Huppe. “We are hoping to expand outreach efforts of first-generation college students and aid in their academic success.”

In addition to helping students afford textbooks and other expensive school supplies, which sometimes cost more than the classes themselves, the grant also provides money for outreach programs to local high schools in hopes of encouraging more first-time students to attend college.

For more information on the Collin first-generation college student grant program, contact Alicia Huppe at (972)-377-1749 or