Western Carolina University’s Talent Search program, Project Discovery, recently had its grant with the U.S. Department of Education renewed at $368,160 per year for five years. The first budget period begins Sept. 1 and runs through Aug. 31, 2017.

Project Discovery identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. Many of them become first generation college students. Project Discovery currently works with 767 students from six high schools and six middle schools in Western North Carolina, program director Todd Murdock said.

The participating schools are Swain County middle and high schools, Andrews middle and high schools, Cherokee middle and high schools, Madison County middle and high schools, and Erwin middle and high schools.

“We’re just looking forward to being able to continue services to the schools and the students in the region,” Murdock said.

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