Upward Bound, Beloit College’s pre-college program, has been awarded a five-year, federally funded grant in the amount of approximately $1.7 million from the U.S. Department of Education.
“I am elated with this fantastic news, especially in the midst of such difficult economic times,” said Stephanie King, director of Upward Bound and Help Yourself, both pre-college programs. “May many more young people’s lives be positively changed as a result.”
Beloit’s Upward Bound program serves first-generation, low-income high school students primarily from Beloit Memorial and South Beloit High Schools. It currently serves 76 students, an increase of 10 from the previous grant.
Beloit’s grant was recently announced by U.S. Senator Herb Kohl from Wisconsin. Beloit was one of 11 higher education programs in the state to receive a total of $15 million over five years through the Department of Education’s Upward Bound Program. Nationwide, Beloit was one of 780 programs to be funded.
“It is not an easy journey from high school freshman to graduating college senior,” Kohl said in a statement. “This funding helps students along the way by giving them access to resources that will help them receive a secondary education before entering the workforce.”
Upward Bound is a federally funded TRIO program that provides high school students with educational opportunities designed to prepare them for college. Upward Bound assists students through academic advising, tutoring, admissions and financial aid activities, college visits, cultural and career activities, counseling, and mentoring programs. Over 90 percent of all Upward Bound seniors go on to pursue a college education, immediately upon graduating from high school.
For more information on Upward Bound, visit www.beloit.edu/upwardbound.