Seton Hill University was awarded a $2 million grant by the United States Department of Education to fund the Project Forward Talent Search Program for the next five years.

According to Jerry Sheridan, program director, the grant will enable the Project Forward Talent Search Program to continue to serve 1,500 low-income students in 26 schools throughout 11 school districts in southwestern Pennsylvania. “The program serves students beginning in seventh grade and continues through high school graduation. At least 80 percent of the graduating seniors enroll in college each year,” said Sheridan. “These students will potentially be the first members of their family to attend college.”

Project Forward, which is funded by the United States Department of Education, was established in 1967. Through a variety of activities and services, the program encourages youth to remain in school, attain grade promotions, graduate from high school, enroll in college and receive appropriate financial aid. Activities include educational, career and financial aid counseling, attending career awareness workshops, assisting in the college selection process, visiting college campuses, developing study skills and life skills and preparing for the SAT. For more information on Project Forward Talent Search, call 724-830-1801.