LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Congressman Steven Horsford on Monday announced that his office secured $8 million for programs at UNLV.
“I was born and raised on the Historic Westside of Las Vegas, and I’m especially excited to see $3.1 million awarded to UNLV researchers who will work with Nevada Partners and West Las Vegas Promise Neighborhood to improve maternal-child health and nutrition," Horsford said in part.
"Overall, this funding will lift up students and families and build a brighter future for the valley.”
UNLV President Keith Whitfield said in a statement to media the university was grateful for the grants.
The grants include:
- $4,345,344 for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP Partnership) to help low-income students prepare for post-secondary education. Funding from this award will allow the GEAR UP partnership to serve students at Brinley, Garside, Gibson, West Prep, Fremont, Mack, and Orr middle schools in Clark County.
- $3,100,000 for UNLV public health researchers to work with Nevada Partners and West Las Vegas Promise Neighborhood on a project to integrate maternal-child health and nutrition interventions.
- $277,373 for the Central Clark County Talent Search Project (CCCTS), which will serve five schools in high-poverty areas. CCCTS will help students complete rigorous coursework, graduate from high school, enroll in postsecondary education, and earn a postsecondary degree. The five schools in this program are Bonanza High School, Legacy High School, Findlay Middle School, Garside Middle School, and West Secondary Prep.
- $299,998 for the UNLV AANAPISI STEM and Health Sciences Project, which will help low-income and AANAPI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander) students earn STEM or health sciences degrees.