Northwestern awarded renewal of UBMS grant

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Northwestern awarded renewal of UBMS grant

September 25, 2012

Northwestern Oklahoma State University has received a five-year, $1.25 million renewal of its Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, allowing the institution to continue its work with select area public schools to improve high school graduation rates and encourage students to pursue higher education options.

The Upward Bound Math & Science grant program is part of the federal TRIO Programs that provide educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from underrepresented groups. Northwestern received its original UBMS grant in 2007.

Specifically, the UBMS program provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. UBMS serves high school students from families that would face challenges in beginning the college process. Northwestern’s new UBMS grant will be funded for five years at $250,000 annually.

“The renewal of our UBMS grant is especially exciting because of the intense competition for fewer grant dollars,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. “It’s also an affirmation of the positive work that has been done by our UBMS staff in reaching out to high school students who need a little extra help to move them toward high school graduation, and hopefully, a college degree.”

The Department of Education received more than 700 UBMS grant proposals; however, they only anticipated around 160 proposals. Prior to this competition, the federal government supported only 131 programs across the nation.

The University also manages a separate program called Classic Upward Bound that was recently awarded a five-year extension on June 1.

Upward Bound director Jaunita Noble says she is excited about the new funding and working on new methods for motivating and retaining high school students. UBMS high school students are first generation college prospects. The Upward Bound Staff works hard to build the students’ social, cultural and academic skills.

College preparation takes time, and the Upward Bound team works closely to make sure each student is prepared for higher education.

The grant will provide funding for academic instruction in core curriculum courses, personal counseling, academic events, career awareness activities, a residential summer program and a college bridge program.