Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) College Reach-Out Program (CROP) is accepting applications. The PHSC CROP is a state-sponsored educational program established by the legislature to increase the number of low income educationally disadvantaged students in grades 6-12 who, upon high school graduation, are admitted to and successfully complete postsecondary education. This program serves students in both Hernando and Pasco counties.

CROP is a grant program funded by the Department of Education (DOE) through the Office of Postsecondary Education Coordination. PHSC CROP involves academic enrichment, social/behavior workshops, field trips and university residential visits.

CROP welcomes applications from Pasco and Hernando county students in grades 6-12. Additional program criteria includes: students who would benefit from structured motivational programs; prospective first-generation college students; students meeting a minimum of one, preferably two, in each category of the guidelines listed below.

· Academic: Low GPA and FSA scores, dropout prevention, grade retention, expulsions and high absenteeism

· Economic: Reduced or free lunch eligible; wages participant; public assistance recipient

CROP Application can be obtained at equity-services.phsc.edu/programs/pre-collegiate/crop-application. For more information, please contact Ronteryl M. Black at 352-340-4809 or blackr@phsc.edu.