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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has awarded a two-year grant in the amount of $190,000 for Beloit College’s Help Yourself Programs for the time period of July 1, 2013-June 30, 2015.
The funding will benefit the Mezzo Academy and the Pre-Collegiate Program, two summer programs within the Help Yourself Programs. The former is for grades 6-8, and the latter is for grades 9-12.
"This funding is critical in making college accessible for low-income students in the Beloit area,” said Stephanie King, director of Beloit’s Help Yourself Programs. “Help Yourself and Upward Bound are vital parts of our community's fabric, sending a message that we believe in our young people and their future and we want to invest in it."
Since 1986, Beloit College’s Help Yourself Programs have served low-income youth in grades 4-12 with the goal of providing much-needed resources, opportunity and support for academic excellence and college preparation.
The city of Beloit is located in Rock County, which has one of the highest child poverty rates in the state of Wisconsin at 21.9 percent up from 15.9 percent in 2007. Rock County’s poverty rate at 15.1 percent exceeds the state level at 13.9 percent.
Funding from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for student scholarships in addition to funding from Beloit College allows the Help Yourself Programs to serve as many as 160 students each year with summer academic enrichment courses, educational workshops, ACT preparation, tutoring and academic advising.