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PEP project helps students transition to college

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Making the transition from high school to college can be challenging, especially for those with limited resources.
    
That's why Texas A&M Texarkana is partnering with four area schools to help students achieve their higher education goals.

The Partner-Engage-Prepare (PEP) Project allows about 120 students to be paired with mentors who help them all year with the goal of getting a higher education.

"It's good to have that one-on-one contact with somebody who knows first hand how it is," said Kiana Miller, Arkansas High Senior.  

Miller is one of the first students to participate program.

The partnership is between Texas A&M Texarkana and four school districts which include, Texarkana ISD, Pleasant Grove, Liberty Eylau and Texarkana, Arkansas School District.

"We want them to be prepared for college and be able to choose the college of their choice," said Kimberly Bursey-Reece, Project Administrator.

She says each college mentor is assigned a student for one hour each week.

The program is geared toward sophomores, juniors and seniors who are considered at risk, either economically disadvantaged or first generation college students.

Mentors help high school students identify colleges and courses of study based on their interest.

They also help with filling out applications, testing, and scholarships.  

While students can choose any university, the program helped Miller qualify for a $1,000 scholarship to Texas A&M Texarkana.

"It will help take the burden off of me and my family to pay for college," said Miller.  

Funding for the PEP program is provided by the Texas Pioneer Foundation.

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