Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity Office awarded $2.3 million in federal grants

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Maile Goo, (808) 956-9663
Faculty Specialist, Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity
Posted: Sep 13, 2016

Dr. Maile Goo
Dr. Maile Goo

UH Mānoa’s Office of Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity (SEED) has been awarded​ two​ five​-year grants​ totalling $2.3 million through the U.S. Department of Education federal TRIO programs, which are outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle to post-baccalaureate programs. The goal is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.

The two funded Talent Search projects will assist in targeting high schools to serve students with academic support services, such as online tutoring, college and career exploration, financial aid and scholarship workshops, access to summer internships, and college campus visits.

On O’ahu, the Mānoa Educational Talent Search project will serve 500 students attending Nānākuli and Wai’anae high schools.  On Hawaiʻi Island, 500 students will be recruited to receive services from the Kea’au, Kaʻū and Pāhoa high schools.

Dr. Maile Goo, a faculty member within the SEED office, will serve as Principal Investigator (PI) for these grants. Dr. Goo currently directs the Graduate Professional Access (GPA) Program, which aims to grow Hawaiʻi’s science and technology workforce with more college graduates. 

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