VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Valdosta State University is will receive $424,833 a year for five years to help identify, recruit, and retain students who are migratory or seasonal farm workers who want a higher education. The total Department of Education grant comes to $2.1 million.
Students accepted into the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at VSU will receive scholarships covering the cost of room and board, tuition and required fees, academic supplies, and necessary transportation, as well as a small monthly stipend.
In a news release, the school says they will also receive tutoring, mentoring, and counseling. This program will serve a total of 25 students each year.
"As reflected in its mission statement, VSU is committed to meeting the educational needs of the region's diverse population in order to sustain economic growth and advance the standard of living for everyone," said Dr. Anthony Scheffler, interim associate vice president of academic affairs, a professor in the James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services, and principal investigator on the grant. "The university has demonstrated this commitment by actively exploring innovative pedagogies and working to enhance its recruitment and student support processes in order to accommodate all students, regardless of their circumstance."
"Increasingly, the success of a university is defined not simply by the number of students who are admitted each year but also by the diversity of the student body and the number of students who successfully complete their program of study, graduate, are employed, and become engaged members of their community," Scheffler said. "To this end VSU is committed to providing its students with both a value-added educational experience and the necessary support services that will ensure their success both as students and alumni."
The school said this grant is one of the single largest in the history of VSU.