- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - A liberal arts and business college in Maine has been awarded a $1.1 million grant to help retain students in need.

The Morning Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1frd7Wv ) officials at Waterville’s Thomas College say it is the first private college in the state to receive the TRIO Student Support Services grant.

The funding, given by the U.S. Department of Education, aims to support and retain first-generation students, students from low-income families and those who have disabilities.

The money will come over five years to serve up to 140 students annually.

College President Laurie Lachance says the funding will help students graduate on time and “become career-ready.”

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Information from: Morning Sentinel, https://www.onlinesentinel.com/

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