Vela announces education grants for TSTC, UTRGV

A number of Valley schools will be receiving a portion of $1.8 million in education grants aimed at boosting graduation rates and encouraging students to get a higher education.

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, announced today the U.S. Department of Education awarded Talent Search Program grants to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Texas State Technical College, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Coastal Bend College.

The grant funds will support academic, career and financial counseling for low-income students.

“These federal grants will give thousands of high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds access to much-needed resources and higher education opportunities,” said U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela.

Some of the money will be used by UTRGV to help students in Willacy County, the first Talent Search funds the university has been awarded to support students in this area.

Distribution of grant money

TSTC in Harlingen: $265,919

UTRGV: $240,000 for students in Willacy County

UTRGV: $434,400 for students in Hidalgo County

TAMUK: $240,000

Coastal Bend College-Beeville: $322,080

Coastal Ben College-Alice: $295,679