The University of Georgia has announced a $1 million grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation in to expand a program that sends recent college graduates to serve as college advisors in Georgia high schools.
The grant will enable the university to expand its Georgia College Advising Corps to thirteen additional schools in the Atlanta metro area. Launched in 2008, the program is sponsored by the university's Institute of Higher Education and provides information and guidance to high school students on how to register for the SAT and ACT examinations, find scholarships, and write a college application essay.
According to GCAC, students who have met with an advisor are 25 percent more likely to apply to college, 34 percent more likely to be accepted to a four-year college or university, and 45 percent more likely to engage in a college test prep program. The expansion of the program will see advisors placed in Benjamin E. Mays High School, Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy/BEST Academy High Schools, DM Therrell Health Science and Research High School, Henry W. Grady High School, North Atlanta High School, South Atlanta High School of Computer Animation and Design, Clarke Central High School, Towers High School, Ronald E. McNair High School, Benjamin Banneker High School, Tri-Cities High School, Meadowcreek High School, Thomson High School, Westside High School, Rockdale County High School, and Salem High School.
"Increasing the proportion of Georgians who attend and complete college is vital to the prosperity of this state," said University of Georgia provost and interim senior vice president for academic affairs Libby V. Morris. "The support of our donors, the dedication of our advisors, and the determination of the students they serve is helping us realize that goal."