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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that Somerset Community College has been awarded a $220,000 grant under the United States Department of Education Student Support Services Program. The is a five year grant that is intended to provide academic and other support services to low-income, first-generation or disabled college students.

“Everyone has the right to a proper education regardless of their income level,” said Rogers. “Especially in these tough economic times, scholarship and education assistance funds go a long way toward building tomorrow’s leaders and equipping students with the tools for success. I am pleased to see that the Department of Education is supporting our students right here in southern and eastern Kentucky. By assisting these individuals we are paving the way for a brighter future.”

The Student Support Services Program’s purpose is to help increases student retention and graduation rates, facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges, and foster a supportive climate of success for these students. This program includes instruction in basic study skills, tutorial services, academic, financial or personal counseling, assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in four-year institutions, assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in graduate and professional programs, guidance on career options, mentoring and special services for students with limited English proficiency, and grant aid.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, education, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit