Arkansas college denied for grant for long application

Posted May 15

— A Northwest Arkansas Community College official says the school was rejected from a five-year grant of $1.3 million because of extra letters of support from high school administrators.

The funding would have been used to continue funding Upward Bound, a program for high school students.

The college's director of grants, Marcus Williams, tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) that the letters of support pushed the application past the 65-page limit set by the U.S. Department of Education.

Kimberly Jones is the spokeswoman for the nonprofit Council for Opportunity in Education. She says her group is working with lawmakers to help programs like the Northwest Arkansas Community College that lack of funding.

The community college's program has 60 students that receive academic preparation, financial aid counseling and go on trips to look into higher education.


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