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Robertson Co. Receives Grant To Increase College Enrollment

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ROBERTSON COUNTY, Tenn.- Robertson County Schools have received an over $500,000 grant for programs to encourage students to attend college.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission announced Thursday that the $534,885 grant would be distributed over the next seven years and would provide services for low-income students and families seeking postsecondary education.

"The opportunity this will give to students that never dreamed of any post-secondary possibility is the most exciting aspect of this program. This program will affect the future of families," said Dr. Justin Grimes, Principal, Springfield High School.

The program, known as the GEAR UP TN Collaborative, will focus on students on Springfield High School and Springfield Middle School. GEAR UP seeks to expand the college-going culture in Tennessee and empower students to succeed. Students who participate in the program will receive one-on-on counseling from a local coordinator to help them with tutoring, college visits, and financial aid.

Students in the Class of 2018, who are currently in the seventh grade, will most benefit from this program. They will have access to the GEAR UP TN services throughout through middle school, high school, and their first year of postsecondary education.

Robertson County was one of sixteen counties receiving funds. Tennessee was one of seven states awarded a competitive 2012 GEAR UP grant.

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