Rep. Cisneros Announces CSU Fullerton Secures $598,675 in Grant Funding for Hispanic American Postbaccalaureate Programs

October 9, 2019
Press Release

FULLERTON, CARepresentative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39), announced that California State University, Fullerton will receive a $598,675 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to use in their Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans Program at their institution.

“CSU Fullerton is one of the top Hispanic Serving Institutions in the country and provides many 39th District residents with a high quality education,” said Rep. Cisneros. “As an education advocate, I’m pleased that the Department of Education is making an investment in our university and providing assistance for Hispanic Americans to pursue professional degrees. Education changed my life, I will continue to be an advocate for our local schools and universities and the opportunities our students and children deserve.”

“The Project upGRADS, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Hispanic Serving Institution program, will increase services for underserved and low income graduate students at Cal State Fullerton, including a fellowship program, new student advising, faculty mentoring, research opportunities and other professional development,” said Katherine Powers, Professor and Principal Investigator of the grant at CSU Fullerton. “Project upGRADS will also support capacity building including faculty development and curriculum enhancement with a summer graduate readiness program.”

Rep. Cisneros is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and House Veterans Affairs Committee. He recently participated in a Member Day in the Appropriations Committee for the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) subcommittee to highlight education priorities. The House also recently passed LHHS appropriations package for FY 2020 that included key provisions that Rep. Cisneros supported.