ATU Earns Continued Upward Bound Funding

Arkansas Tech University has received notification that its federal grants to administer the Upward Bound math and science program as well as the Upward Bound classic program have been renewed for up to an additional five years.

Each grant is $263,938 per year. The first year of funding is guaranteed. The remaining four years of funding are anticipated to be fulfilled, but are contingent upon U.S. Department of Education funding.

In all, the grants will provide ATU with more than $2.6 million in funding to serve high school students with identified class, social and cultural barriers to higher education as defined by TRIO, a federal initiative created in 1965.

“The Upward Bound programs at Arkansas Tech University exist to make a difference in the lives of low income and first generation students in the high schools surrounding our campus,” said Jill Hendricks, director of Upward Bound at ATU. “Through weekly advising and tutoring sessions, monthly Saturday events and an intense six-week summer residential program, our programs provide students with the tools necessary to be successful in high school and ultimately receive their college degree.”

Students selected for the program must meet income guidelines as set by the federal government and/or be a potential first-generation college student.

The Upward Bound classic program at ATU serves students from the public high schools in Atkins, Dover, Hector and Lamar. ATU’s Upward Bound math and science program is for public high school students from Danville, Dardanelle, Two Rivers and Western Yell County.

Visit www.atu.edu/trio to learn more about the Upward Bound programs at ATU.

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