State awards more than $428,000 to support recent high school graduates

INDIANA – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education, in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education utilized federal CARES Act funding to award $428,973 to 20 college, university, and community partners to support the high school graduating class of 2021 as they transition to college.

The Summer/Fall 2021 Learning Support Grant aims to help recent graduates who may have experienced learning loss due to school closures and the transition to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will support collaborative efforts that focus on preparing students to be successful in college, especially those who are most vulnerable to learning loss.

Teresa Lubbers

“After a challenging year for learners, it’s critical for recent high school graduates to have innovative support programs in place to set them up for success as they transition to postsecondary education,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “Low-income, and Black and Hispanic students are less likely to meet early college success benchmarks, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated these achievement gaps.”

The grants support opportunities for:

  • Tutoring
    • Following the model of the Tennessee Tutoring Corps, stipends will be allocated for current college-aged students to tutor graduating high school seniors.
  • College boot camp
    • Happening either virtually or in-person, “boot camp” activities will help students catch up and prepare for college-level coursework.
  • Transitional programming
    • Transitional programming is geared toward easing the transition from high school to college.
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For a list of program summaries the grants are supporting, click here.

The Commission has compiled a list of the state’s public, private, and proprietary institution webpages, as well as guidance on COVID-19 and more at www.in.gov/che.

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