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June 29, 2001

DOGGETT ANNOUNCES OVER $2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR ST. EDWARDS UNIVERSITY

U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Travis County) announced today that St. Edward's University will receive more than $2 million in federal funds over the next five years to increase access to its degree programs and produce more graduates in the experimental sciences (psychology, biology, biochemistry and chemistry). The first year of funding is in the amount of $437,435.

"Educational opportunity is one of the most important investments the federal government makes," Doggett said. "This federal support is a testament to the strength of St. Edward's curriculum, educational programs and desire to serve this community."

St. Edward's University will use the funds to develop an online web-based curriculum that assures both high levels of student learning and increased accessibility to courses (especially for working adults). Funds will also be used for career placement, increased support services and graduate/professional school preparation for students, particularly Hispanic students that are pursuing their degree in the experimental sciences.

The goal is to increase the number of graduates, especially Hispanics, in the experimental sciences by providing undergraduate research opportunities using the latest equipment and curricula so that graduates are prepared for successful careers or continue to graduate or professional school.

"The grant will better position St. Edward's to address three important issues in higher education: the demand for more online access to education, attracting more students to the experimental sciences and assuring access to higher education for all students," said St. Edward's University President George E. Martin."

St. Edward's University is an independent Catholic liberal arts university of 3,800 students in Austin. It was founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross.

The money is provided through the U.S. Department of Education initiative to strengthen Hispanic-serving institutions.

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