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Sept. 25, 2012

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

University’s Upward Bound Program Gets Funding Renewal

CANYON, Texas—The Upward Bound program at West Texas A&M University will continue to work with select area public schools thanks to a five-year $1.6 million renewal grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
 

Upward Bound is part of the federal TRIO Programs that provide educational programs to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in post-secondary education for first-generation, low-income high school students. WTAMU’s grant will provide $327,863 per year for 80 students from four target four high schools—Caprock, Dimmitt, Hereford and Tulia.
 

“The competition for renewal was very tough,” Martin Lopez, director, said. “There were fewer grant dollars so many programs weren’t renewed. We feel very lucky to be funded and thankful that we can continue to work with our area high school students.”
 

Approximately 18 percent of existing Upward Bound programs lost funding, including many that had been serving students for more than 30 years. WTAMU’s program is the only one in U. S. Rep. Mac Thornberry’s district to receive renewal funding.
 

WTAMU’s Upward Bound program provides academic enrichment activities to help prepare area high school first-generation, low-income students for a college education. High school students receive tutoring and academic advising and participate in workshops, college tours, cultural events and a five-week summer academic program, where they live on the WTAMU campus and attend classes for a true college experience. Parent workshops also are offered.
 

Many students from the program have continued their education at WTAMU or have gone on to different colleges and universities throughout Texas.
 

For more information about WTAMU’s Upward Bound program, contact Pyxa Sovilay, coordinator, at 806-651-2351, email upwardbound@wtamu.edu or visit wtamu.edu/upwardbound.
 

 

—WTAMU—


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