The U.S. Department of Education renewed funding for The University of Toledo Upward Bound program for the next five years.
The program that has been helping local high school students prepare for college and succeed for more than five decades will receive $417,693 a year through 2022 for a total of approximately $2 million.“The University of Toledo is committed to helping low-income and first-generation college students succeed,” Pamela Rogers, director of UT Upward Bound, said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to continue impacting the lives of Toledo’s students and plant seeds for higher education. After all, today’s student is tomorrow’s leader.”
The funding allows the program to serve 100 high school students a year.
Rogers said for the last 24 years, 97 percent or more of participants have graduated high school, and the majority go on to college.
UT Upward Bound offers a six-week summer program on campus where students attend academic classes. This year 68 students are enrolled, and last year 60 students participated. Students also will travel to Washington, D.C., this summer to visit colleges and cultural sites.
During the school year, the Upward Bound program offers workshops on taking tests, study skills and interviewing, as well as tutoring and financial aid advice.
“We want to raise high school GPAs to levels that make college entry possible,” Rogers said. “Our goal is to help these students and their families follow their dreams.”