From the Register-Mail:
Knox College has been awarded a $50,000 grant to implement a program to increase the college completion rate of Latina women.
The SEMILLAS grant was awarded by Excelencia in Education, a non-profit organization that promotes success by Latinos in higher education. Knox College was one of only twenty colleges and universities – and the only national liberal arts college – from across the nation chosen to receive the award.
The new “Knox College Mother-Daughter Program” will develop activities for Latino mother-daughter teams in the Galesburg and Monmouth-Roseville School Districts. The activities are designed to raise awareness of and motivation to complete a college-preparatory curriculum while in high school, to attend college, and ultimately to pursue a career that requires a college degree.
“It is very exciting to see that not only is Knox one of just 20 schools to receive a grant, Knox is the only liberal arts college that was awarded a SEMILLAS grant,” said Xavier Romano, vice president for student development and dean of students at Knox. Romano and Tianna Cervantez, a 2008 Knox graduate and director of multicultural student advisement, will direct the program.