U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans Program
The Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) will support projects designed to: (1) Expand postbaccalaureate educational opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of, Hispanic students; and (2) Expand the postbaccalaureate academic offerings, as well as enhance the program quality, in the institutions of higher education (IHEs) that are educating the majority of Hispanic college students and helping large numbers of Hispanic and low-income students complete postsecondary degrees.
The PPOHA Program has two competitive priorities and one invitational priority:
- Competitive Preference Priority 1 – Projects that propose collaboration with other institutions of higher education to expand postbaccalaureate certificate and postbaccalaureate degree offerings.
- Competitive Preference Priority 2 – Projects that are designed to support instruction in personal financial literacy, knowledge of markets and economics, knowledge of higher education financing and repayment (e.g., college savings and student loans), or other skills aimed at building personal financial understanding and responsibility.
- Invitational Priority – Projects Designed To Promote the Development and/or Enhancement of Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Degrees with Industry Recognized Certifications. Under this priority, desired projects are designed to establish, improve, or expand PSM degree programs, which combine traditional academic training with specialized knowledge and skills that: (a) Closely align with the expectations and needs of business and industry and (b) Prepare students for direct entry into a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career options in business and industry, Federal government, or non-profit organizations.
Amount: Approximately $11,051,370 is available to make up to 21 awards ranging from $350,000–$600,000 and averaging $500,000 for a project period of 12 months.
Eligibility: IHEs that offer a postbaccalaureate certificate or postbaccalaureate degree program and qualify as eligible Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) (https://www2.ed.gov/programs/idueshsi/definition.html).
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