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Southwestern Receives $1.25 Million to Continue its Upward Bound Program for Another Five Years

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    Southwestern's Upward Bound program serves students from four area high schools. Since 2004, 95 percent of program graduates have enrolled at accredited colleges and universities immediately after high school.

Program helps prepare first-generation college students

Southwestern University has received $1.25 million from the U.S. Department of Education that will enable it to continue its Upward Bound program for another five years.

The Upward Bound program is one of several programs funded by the federal government that are designed to help low-income students, first-generation college students and students with disabilities progress through the academic pipeline. The Upward Bound program is specifically targeted to students in grades 9-12.

“We are very excited that we will be able to continue helping these hard-working and deserving young people pursue their dream of going to college,” Interim Upward Bound Director John Savage said.

Southwestern is host to one of more than 70 Upward Bound programs in Texas. The program started in 1999 and serves approximately 50 students a year from East View, Georgetown, Jarrell and Granger high schools.

The Upward Bound program at Southwestern not only encourages college enrollment, but also a successful transition to college and graduation from college. The program includes a variety of activities during the academic year and summer.

During the academic year, students attend weekly tutoring, take Saturday academic classes, visit colleges, and participate in community service events. During the six-week summer program, students attend academic classes Monday through Thursday. On Fridays program staff members take students to job sites in central Texas, showcasing careers that are available with a college education. Tours have been given at local businesses such as Samsung, Univision and Dell Children’s Hospital.

Since 2004, 95 percent of Southwestern’s Upward Bound program graduates  have enrolled at accredited colleges and universities immediately after high school.

For more information on the Upward Bound program at Southwestern, visit www.southwestern.edu/academic/ub.