August 06, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce $629K For Marshall University To Support West Virginia Students Pursuing Higher Education

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $629,088 from the U.S. Department of Education to Marshall University for two Talent Search programs. These programs encourage and support West Virginians from disadvantaged backgrounds earn degrees in higher education.

“Every West Virginian should have the opportunity to pursue higher education, regardless of their background. The Talent Search programs put higher education within reach for many West Virginians by helping students in high school realize their educational goals while guiding them through the application and financial aid processes. I am thrilled the Department of Education is investing in Marshall University to support Talent Search programs, and I will continue to advocate for funding to support programs that ensure higher education is accessible to everyone,” said Senator Manchin.

“West Virginia has some of the finest education institutions in the country, and it is important that we continue to support universities that help our students succeed. I am happy to announce this funding for Marshall University, which will help level the playing field so all students have an opportunity to receive a college education and thrive in the workforce. I will continue to advocate for the necessary support and resources that our students in West Virginia need to be successful,” Senator Capito said.

The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the postsecondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.

Individual awards listed below:

  • $328,413 - Heart of Appalachia Talent Search Program
    • This program will serve 600 middle and high school students in Mason and Wayne counties
  • $300,675 - Educational Talent Search Program
    • This program will serve 542 students at Huntington High School and qualifying middle schools.