I have to mention the calm, capable and steady presence of Deborah Clark – our grants person – who took us through every step of the process (which is convoluted to say the least – come on, it’s the federal government) and all I have to say about that is – I love you, Deb. You ROCK! Seriously, other programs that don’t have such awesome grants folks are up a creek plain and simple. This is now our second time through with Deb!
The Department of Education since became notorious for being slow to announce grantees for other Trio programs and the pressure was on to announce not only McNair, but Upward Bound Math and Science and Veterans Upward Bound. Again, in dealing with the federal government, this would be no small feat! One of the primary COE outreach strategies had actually been to postpone the McNair competition until after the elections. Obviously that had not come to fruition.