Mills Receives $1.4 Million Grant For Low-Income College Prep

Oakland, CA–July 26, 2016

Mills College received a $1.4 million, five-year grant from the US Department of Education to motivate and prepare low-income Oakland high school students for college.

The Mills College Educational Talent Search, now in its 18th year, serves about 600 Oakland middle and high school students from disadvantaged or low-income families.

Students in the program are offered free monthly seminars on study skills, college preparation, financial aid, scholarships, career exploration and goal setting. The program also offers a five-week academic enrichment summer program for middle and high school students that includes English instruction, an SAT preparation course, science instruction, mentoring and cultural and educational field trips.

Mills Program Director Mayra Guevara, who graduated from an Oakland high school and benefited from a similar program in the early 1990s, said the work she does at Mills is close to her heart.

“The Mills program serves low income families and students who will be the first in their families to go to college, so it’s very personally rewarding to be working here,” Guevara said. “The program is a way Mills can give back to the community and to the students who are in high need of our services.”

The talent search targets students at Castlemont High School, Coliseum College Prep Academy, Fremont High School, Life Academy of Health and Bioscience, Leadership Public School Oakland R&D, and Oakland Technical High School.

For more information visit the Mills program web site.