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Impact Northwest and Marshall High School awarded $31,796 grant to increase college access

Contact: Di Saunders, OUS – Office: 503-725-5714; Cell: 971-219-6869
Source: Stephanie Carnahan, CACGP Program Director – Office: 541-346-5761; Cell: 541-359-6755

Portland, OR, October 19, 2010 – The State of Oregon announced last week that it has awarded a $31,796 grant to Impact Northwest and Marshall High School’s Post-Secondary Options project to provide college academic and other preparation to low-income and high-risk students. Funded through a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education received by Oregon in August, this award is part of the College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACGP) which awarded grants to 12 pre-college preparation programs across the state for a total of $607,000 in support.

The Post-Secondary Options project will be implemented at Marshall High School in Southeast Portland, with the goal of transforming the high school campus into a college-going culture. To achieve this goal, the project will provide the most at-risk students with one-on-one, individually tailored, college preparation assistance; will deepen community partnerships in support of student academic success and college enrollment; and will provide parents with guidance in navigating the college application and financial aid process.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to help more students find their way to college,” said Amber McGill, Impact Northwest SUN Site Manager. “Marshall has worked very hard to make sure students are meeting academic benchmarks, and thanks to those efforts, there are now more students than ever at Marshall who would be eligible to go to college if they had guidance through the school selection and application process.”

Impact Northwest will partner with Marshall High School’s SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) program to deliver the programming to students. Besides the $31,796 provided by the grant, Impact Northwest will be providing an additional $34,259 in matching funds to run the program.

Stephanie Carnahan, director of college access programs for the Oregon University System, said, “There is a great need in Oregon for pre-college programs that help students and families understand how to access college in a comprehensive way, from academic preparation to understanding how financial aid works. Post-Secondary Options is a great example of the type of support that all Oregon students need in order to ensure that they can access college and be academically and otherwise prepared to succeed in their education and career goals.”

The College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACGP) is a formula grant program that is designed to foster partnerships among Federal, State and local government entities and philanthropic organizations to significantly increase the number of underrepresented students who enter and remain in postsecondary education. CACGP provides two-year grants to States to meet the needs of underrepresented students and families. In Oregon, all education sectors and the Governor’s Office are involved in the CACGP, and the Oregon University System is the fiscal agent for the grant.


Oregon University System (OUS) comprises seven distinguished public universities and one branch campus, reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services, and lifelong learning. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of OUS, is composed of twelve members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information, go to www.ous.edu.

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