Cameron University has received a $344,914 Educational Talent Search Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The funding will be used for Cameron’s Open Doors program, which provides postsecondary information, personal counseling, career development and academic support to students in grades 6-12. The goal of Open Doors is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.
“Many of Lawton’s students have plans and dreams for a college education but know little about how to prepare, apply and pay for this important stage in meeting their goals,” says Beth Gregory, Director of Cameron’s Open Doors program. “That is where Open Doors comes in; our staff work with these students to ready them for that process and guide them through all of the details involved.”
Cameron’s Open Doors program provides free services and activities for students and parents including tutoring and study skills, ACT/PSAT workshops, financial aid and scholarship information and applications, college and Career Tech information and applications, summer enrichment activities, college campus visits, and Career Fairs and College Life Fairs.
Cameron serves approximately 775 students through the program. Eligible students in the following Lawton schools may apply for Open Doors: Central Middle School, Eisenhower Middle School, MacArthur Middle School, Tomlinson Middle School, Eisenhower High School, Lawton High School, MacArthur High School and Gateway Success Center.
To become a participant in the Open Doors Program, students must:
- Demonstrate a desire and the ability to complete their secondary schooling and seek further education or training beyond high school,
- Meet income requirements, and
- Meet first generation requirements (parents who have not graduated from college).
For more information about Open Doors/Talent Search, call 581-5581.
July 21, 2011