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Berea receives grant to help disadvantaged girls in math, science

Berea College has received a U.S. Department of Education grant to support a project helping low-income Appalachian and African American high school women strengthen their skills in science and math.

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The grant, which will provide more than $214,000 annually for four years, will be administered through the GEAR UP program at Berea College.

The Berea College GEAR UP program serves over 4,000 high school and middle school students in five surrounding counties, in partnership with more than 700 teachers in 16 schools, already providing a wide range of programs to help students prepare for college.

The new program begins in October, and is one of the only two grants awarded in Kentucky.

Announcement of the grants was made earlier this summer coinciding with the 37th anniversary of Title IX, a landmark legislation that outlaws gender discrimination in education. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and an all-star line-up of women athletes and scientists for a roundtable discussion on Title IX and the announcement of first year grants totaling $2.4 million to 13 groups nation-wide.

The four-year grants were made under the Women's Educational Equity Act Program within the Department of Education. The program provides financial assistance to enable educational agencies to meet the requirements of Title IX. The grantees were selected from 63 eligible applicants. Grantees received additional points if their projects included activities to help at-risk students meet challenging state academic standards and graduate. All of the awardees will serve females at the secondary level.

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