BISMARCK, N.D. - Keynote speaker Liz Murray will share her inspirational life story at the College Within Your Reach conference Feb. 9, 2010, in Bismarck, N.D.
The child of two drug-addicted parents and homeless at age 15, Murray earned a full scholarship to Harvard University. Her journey was featured in the Emmy-nominated Lifetime Television movie "Homeless to Harvard." She will speak in the Grand Pacific Ballroom of the Ramkota Hotel at 7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the North Dakota College Access Network, College Within Your Reach will focus on increasing college access. Conference events will run Feb. 9 and 10, 2010. ND-CAN encourages students to set and achieve higher education goals. It is committed to helping low-income and under-represented students enroll and succeed in college.
Students, parents, teachers and counselors are encouraged to attend. Conference session topics will include: applying for federal PELL grants and examining changes in the 2010-11 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, discussing best practices in college retention and college success, exploring leadership opportunities through programs such as North Dakota Youth Forward and the North Dakota Indian Youth Leadership Academy, advancing American Indian education support in North Dakota and providing rehabilitation services for college students who have disabilities.
A college access fair for the general public also will be held throughout the conference. The event is funded through the North Dakota College Access Challenge Grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the North Dakota University System. The conference is free and open to the public. Online registration is required. To register, go to: www.bismarckstate.edu/ceti/ndcan