Northwestern secures five-year renewal of Upward Bound grant

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Northwestern secures five-year renewal of Upward Bound grant

June 6, 2012

Northwestern Oklahoma State University has received a five-year, $1.25 million renewal of its Upward Bound grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

First received in 2007, the grant has allowed Northwestern to work with select area public schools to improve high school graduation rates and encourage students to pursue higher education options.

The Upward Bound grant program is part of the Federal TRIO Programs that provide educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from underrepresented groups.

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

“The renewal of our Upward Bound 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 Upward Bound 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 1,500 Upward Bound grant applications and will fund approximately 800 applications.

The University also manages a separate Upward Bound Math and Science grant and is expected to apply for renewal of that grant later this summer.

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.

Jaunita Noble is the director of Northwestern’s Upward Bound program.