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Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton congratulates Destiny Holtz, a 2008 Ball High School graduate, on winning the Michael Hodge Memorial Scholarship. Holtz is majoring in music and hopes to have a career as a music director or conductor.
Galveston College was approved for an additional four years of the TRiO-Upward Bound Grant. A Grant Award Notification from the U.S. Department of Education was received for the first year of funding for an award of $250,000. This grant provides funding to allow Galveston College to assist ninth through twelfth grade Ball High School students who have the desire and potential to enter college, demonstrate financial need and are potential first generation college students. At least 30% of entering freshman are considered academically at-risk students. The program provides academic enhancement, personal and academic advising, career information, access to cultural events, and visits to colleges and universities in an effort to improve these students’ skills and prepare them for the transition from high school to college. The program has an academic year component and summer component. This funding will serve 50 students per year.
Upward Bound has served a total of 136 students over the last five years. The participants are expected to participate throughout their high school years through graduation and through a transitional bridge component into college. The program was started in September 2003. The new funding is for the performance period September 1, 2008 through August 31, 2012. The funding is $250,000 a year.