The grant will support the launch of the university's AgriLife Extension Rural Student Success Initiative, which aims to increase the number of rural students enrolling in and completing postsecondary education by building on the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's statewide platform of place-based county agents and youth development staff. With support from College Forward and the National College Access Network, AgriLife Extension agents will provide students and families in nine rural counties with information and coaching from eighth grade through postsecondary completion. The university estimates that there are as many as nine hundred thousand rural students in the state.
"Texas's vast rural landscape makes it incredibly difficult to deliver a consistent framework of college access to rural students and their parents," said TAMF president Tyson Voelkel. "Through this partnership with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, which employs staff in all two hundred and fifty-four Texas counties, Greater Texas Foundation is helping our state make strides toward improving access to education. We are so grateful for their generosity in this important endeavor."