- Associated Press - Saturday, October 4, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been awarded a seven-year grant worth $49 million to increase the number of low-income students prepared to enter college and succeed.

The grant to UAB’s Department of Education will allow the university and its partners to work with more than 10,000 students from 53 schools in low-income areas of west Alabama. The U.S. Department of Education will put up $3.5 million a year and that will be matched by the state and UAB’s project partners, including the state Department of Education, Alabama State University, Auburn University, the University of Alabama, the University of Montevallo and Regions Bank.

Gov. Robert Bentley says the grant is welcome support for Alabama’s Black Belt region and will help build a solid foundation for students in high-poverty schools.

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