Aug. 7, 2008 Education Digest

Education bill passes Senate

The U.S. Senate passed a bill July 31 intended to make sure that college is affordable and accessible to all students and their families, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s office.
Changes included in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 were:
• Increasing the authorized maximum Pell Grant award to $6,000 for next year and up to $8,000 by 2014-2015 and grants can be used for courses in the summer;
• Establishing grants to support minority youth engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics;
• Increasing funding levels for Hispanic Serving Institutions — colleges and universities that serve a high percentage of Hispanic students — to $175 million.

UNM alumni prepare sendoff

The University of New Mexico Alumni Association and Parent Association are partnering to begin a new tradition called Summer Sendoffs.
The university is hosting a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ned Houk Park for students and families to celebrate freshman acceptance to UNM for the 2008 fall semester.
For information and to RSVP visit or call Laura Kelley at (505) 277-5808.

Farwell student honored by WBU
Chase Hardage of Farwell has been selected as a Centennial Scholar for the Wayland Baptist University Clovis campus, according to a university press release.
In celebration of its centennial, the university is honoring 20 graduating students for their academic achievement, involvement and character in keeping with the WBU mission.
Scholars were nominated based on recommendations of faculty and staff.
Hardage, the nephew of the late Dr. Bill Hardage, a