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Upward Bound is one of eight Federal TRIO program designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in post-secondary education. The national Upward Bound program helps high school students from low-income families and families where neither parent has earned a college degree prepare for college entrance.

Funding announcements for 2017 is not yet complete, but those institutions who have received awards have been notified. So far, Simpson University was one of three Northern California higher education institutions awarded federal funding for Upward Bound, along with University of California, Davis and Shasta College.

Simpson University

Simpson University announced in June that they have been awarded $5.15 million in Federal grant funding over the next five years to help boost higher education success rates among Northern California students.

The U.S. Department of Education approved four grant applications from Simpson University to administer Upward Bound programs at the following area high schools: Anderson, Etna, West Valley, and Yreka. The programs will be funded 100 percent by federal monies. Each grant is for $257,500 per year over a five-year period to serve 60 students annually at each school. The programs will start this fall 2017.

Simpson University will help provide student participants with academic instruction, tutoring, and advising; information on financial aid programs; assistance in completing financial aid applications; financial literacy; and support for applying for college. The grants provide students the opportunity to stay on the Simpson campus for two weeks each summer to gain the experience of college life.

Shasta College

The Shasta College TRIO Upward Bound Program has been refunded $270,375 a year for five years. The program began in 2007 and provides services to first generation high school students at Enterprise High School and Central Valley High School. From those two high schools Sixty-five  9th – 12th graders are selected to participate in workshops, skill building, career exploration, college visits, and a six week summer resident program.

From Peter Griggs, Shasta College Marketing Director, “The current TRIO Upward Bound students for Summer 2017 are settling in to their resident program while staying at the Shasta College dorms.”

In addition to taking classes, attending workshops, visiting colleges, and participating in cultural events the students are reading March written by Representative John Lewis. March is a graphic novel which shares Rep. Lewis’s life story, his participation in the civil rights movement, and gives insights on his congressional duties and profession.

University of California, Davis

The University of California, Davis Upward Bound Project has been in operation since 1968.

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