West Virginia University is again joining forces with College Summit to help put a college education within the reach of every student in the Mountain State.

The Summit is a national initiative aimed at helping students from low-income communities navigate the college admissions process.

About 40-50 rising high school seniors are set to participate in a College Summit summer workshop July 13-16 on the WVU campus. They are from the following schools: Berkeley Springs, Capital, George Washington, Herbert Hoover, Nitro, Riverside, St. Albans, Sissonville and South Charleston.

During a four-day intensive workshop, participants will work with writing coaches, take part inrap sessionsto develop strategies to overcome challenges and learn about the importance of financial aid planning, said Amber Hines, WVU senior admissions counselor.

In addition, they will fill out an online application, receive quality one-on-one college counseling and complete a personal statement they can use for scholarships or as an entrance essay for college

Were proud to be partnering with the University on this initiative,said Randy Shillingburg, executive director for College Summit West Virginia.WVU is firmly committed to ensuring that more college-capable West Virginia students actually enroll in college.

College Summit inundates these workshop students with resources such as

writing coaches, mentors and trained counselors,he added.It instills in them the belief that they indeed arecollege material,while providing them with the information and knowledge to enroll in college.

College Summits model for expanding access to college appears to be paying off. Seventy-nine percent of students across the nation who attend Summit summer workshops have gone on to collegecompared to the national average of 46 percent for low-income high school graduateswith an 80 percent retention rate.

For first-generation college-going kids, College Summit gives them hope,Kanawha Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring said.Getting out of the cycle (of not going to college) happens when students see their friends make itCollege Summit is a program that stands the test of time.

Earlier this year, College Summit was named one of thetop 25 groups changing the worldby Fast Company, a leading business magazine. The nonprofit has received the publications Social Capitalist Award three consecutive years.

On the Net:http://www.collegesummit.org/