The University of Bridgeport has received a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for its ongoing work helping low-income teenagers from Bridgeport graduate from high school and get into college.

The Educational Talent Search (ETS) grant is a federal campaign that provides academic and social support for disadvantaged students.

The ETS program has been run in Bridgeport by UB in partnership with the city’s public schools since 1991 and serves roughly 800 middle and high school students a year. Three-quarters of the students live in low-income homes and three out of four are raised by parents or other caregivers who never attended college.

Though considered to be “at risk” for dropping out, 88 percent of students who graduate from the ETS program run by UB counselors attend college. Nationally, 40 percent of low-income teenagers from similar backgrounds obtain college degrees, studies show.

Students who participate in the ETS program attend Bassick, Central, and Harding High Schools and the following middle schools: Blackham, Cesar Batalla, Curiale, Dunbar, High Horizons Magnet, Thomas Hooker, Longfellow, Luis Marin, Multicultural Magnet, Park City Magnet, Read, John Winthrop, and Jettie Tisdale Schools.
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