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Manchester University expands service to underserved students

Manchester University

Manchester University announced $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to fund extended outreach to traditionally underserved students and their families.

The grant allows the school to fully build its NxtGen on Campus program, which brings high school students to the university for special academic visits and weeklong summer camps at little or no cost to them, according to a release issued by the school.

These visits will provide customized sessions that offer information about researching colleges, applying for admission, as well as finding available funding sources, according to the release.

The grant is part of the Lilly Endowment Inc. Indiana Youth Programs on Campus initiative. According to the Lilly Endowment, 35 Indiana colleges and universities had been awarded money through this program so far this year.

The funding will allow Manchester to hire a NxtGen director and create an admissions counselor position to specialize in serving those students and their families.

Manchester University is partnering with Fort Wayne Community Schools, Questa Education Foundation, Latinos Count, according to the release.

Lilly Endowment officials say they intend for the program to help address “Indiana’s unacceptably low rankings” in the number of the adult population with bachelor’s degrees or postsecondary credentials.

Rebecca manages the news at WBOI. She joined the staff in December 2017, and brought with her nearly two decades of experience in print journalism, including 15 years as an award-winning reporter for the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne.