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Published: Wednesday, 7/16/2008

Adrian grant will assist 1st-generation students

ADRIAN Adrian College has received a $100,000 grant to help with enrolling, retaining, and graduating first-generation college students.

The college is one of 20 selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to receive the Wal-Mart College Success Award.

More than 200 institutions applied for the competitive grant, which is intended to assist institutions committed to educating students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college.

Adrian will use the money to expand programs that provide faculty and staff mentors who were first-generation college students themselves as well as workshops about college success.

Only 24 percent of first-generation students complete a bachelor s degree, compared to 68 percent of students whose parents received a bachelor s degree, statistics show.

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