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Posted: Monday, December 14th, 2009 4:46 AM HST

University gets $880,000 grant

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity office has been awarded a four-year $880,000 grant through the McNair Student Achievement Program.

The university says the funding will be used to address the doctoral degree attainment of first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students in Hawaii.

Each year, the program will target 25 college-level juniors at the university. They will be mentored in research opportunities, and participate in summer research internships and workshops to strengthen academic skills for graduate school entry.

The National Office of Postsecondary Education says students from lower income families have lower rates of academic preparation and success rates than students with higher income family backgrounds.

(Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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