Secretary Spellings announces July 1 availability of $790 million in new grants for higher education.
On June 21, 2006, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Margaret, 1930–2002, British princess, second daughter of King George VI and sister of Queen Elizabeth II, b. Glamis, Scotland. In 1960 she married a commoner, the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, who was created earl of Snowdon in 1961. Spellings and Governor Tim Pawlenty Timothy James (Tim) Pawlenty (born November 27, 1960) is an American politician from the Republican Party. He is the 39th and current Governor of Minnesota, and started his term on January 6, 2003. held a press conference to discuss the availability of Academic Competitiveness Grants and the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grants. Secretary Spellings announced that starting July July: see month. 1, the Department of Education's Federal Student Aid office will notify Pell Grant-eligible students of their potential eligibility through email or regular mail, and students can start applying for up to $1300 in new Academic Competitiveness grants. Third and fourth year Pell Grant-eligible students who meet requirements, and major in certain designated science, technology, math, and foreign languages, will automatically receive the National SMART Grant during the 2006-07 school year.
"Math, science, and foreign language skills are the new currency in our global economy. In developing these grants, we realized just how badly our country needs students to have these skills," said Secretary Spellings. As our world grows more competitive, America must run faster and break new ground, just as we always have. President Bush's American Competitiveness Initiative is an administration-wide plan to strengthen our ability to compete."
Academic Competitiveness Grants will provide additional aid to first- and second-year college students who complete rigorous high school coursework coursework
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These grants continue President Bush's historic levels of support for college students. Together, Academic Competitiveness and National SMART Grants will provide $790 million in the 2006-07 academic year and $4.5 billion over the next 5 years. These grants will encourage students to take more challenging courses in high school, and to pursue college majors in high demand in the global economy, such as science, mathematics, technology, engineering, and critical foreign languages.
Governor Pawlenty, as Chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) Education Committee, has helped to put competitiveness at the top of America's national agenda. The NGA is taking a lead role in making all Pell Grant-eligible students aware of these new grants, and how to obtain them.
For more information on Academic Competitiveness Grants and National SMART Grants, please visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/competitiveness/ac-smart2.html