Todd Murdock with Project Discovery is a recipient of a Great Smokies Health Foundation “2017 Thrift Shop Grant Award” for $5000. The money will be used to purchase bicycles for use in expeditions with area middle and high school students
Six middle school and high school students from across Western North Carolina will bike more than 300 miles in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with Project Discovery. Project Discovery, based at WCU, helps low-income, first-generation students go to college. See the article in The Reporter for more information.
Eight middle school and high school students from Western North Carolina recently completed an 800-mile bicycle odyssey they called Bike Across America, an initiative of Project Discovery. The students also are part of a research project conducted by the WCU Human Services Department. See the WCU News article for more information
Five WCU students have been mentoring students at their high school alma maters through the college application process this year. Project Discovery is coordinating this effort from a $5000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. For more information, see the WCU News article.
Project Discovery, within the department of Human Services, has won a grant in partnership with the NC Appalachian Collaborative for Higher Education at App State. The grant is from the US Department of Education for $115,000 and is for work with students, teachers, parents, and other Gear Up agencies to facilitate college access programs.
Project Discovery has been awarded a continuing grant for nearly $350,000 to serve 770 low income first generation students. The unit was also just awarded a $5,000 grant through a partnership with App State to run a mentoring program for seniors at Swain and Robbinsville high schools. The seniors will be mentored by 5 current WCU students who recently graduated from one of those high schools.