By Associated Press - Friday, August 7, 2015

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - The University of Central Oklahoma has received five federal education grants totaling $5.5 million to support programs for low-income students, first-generation college students and students with disabilities.

The grants will support unique segments of UCO’s student body - from veterans to future teachers and those pursuing the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Grants awarded to UCO through the national program totaled more than any other higher education institution in the state. The federal funds will be awarded over five years.

Services will include one-on-one tutoring, peer, faculty, and community mentoring, academic and career exploration workshops, financial literacy programming, cultural activities, persistence coaching, leadership development, graduate school visits and scholarship opportunities.

Federal outreach and student services programs are designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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