Even on your income taxes, you round up. Not so with grants from the Department of Education. Betsy DeVos has said she would not reconsider West Virginia State University's Upward Bound application. There may still be hope for West Virginia University's McNair Scholars. (Harsh, but the old English teacher in me still thinks you need to follow the directions...). From The Charleston Gazette-Mail.
West Virginia State University was not the only college in West Virginia to recently lose federal funding for a program that benefits low-income first-generation college students.
A $2 mistake on an application from West Virginia University means the school will lose more than $200,000 to fund its McNair Scholars program, which could mean the end of the 18-year program.
“We have had really good success through the program, and it would really be a shame for it not to be renewed,” said John Bolt, a WVU spokesman.
In years past, the school’s McNair program paired 25 students a year with professors in their respective fields with the goal of encouraging disadvantaged students to pursue graduate school and earn a doctoral degree. Students spent an intensive six weeks during the summer working on a research project and participated in seminars throughout the year.
In 2012, WVU received $219,998 to fund the program for five years. When it came time to reapply, Bolt said schools were instructed by the federal government to request the same amount they had previously received.
WVU rounded up by $2.
The U.S. Department of Education, which awards the money, sent a letter to WVU saying it would not read the application. More than 200 students have gone through the McNair program at WVU since its inception, according to Bolt.
Similarly, a $104 mistake on WVSU’s application for funding of another program lost the school about half a million dollars, ending the 50-year Upward Bound program. Like McNair Scholars, Upward Bound encourages low-income students to go to college.
Most of Upward Bound’s participants go on to become the first in their family to earn a college degree.