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Upward Bound Receives Grant to Continue College Prep Work

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UNH’s Upward Bound has received a $477,880 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help high-school students prepare for college, and, once they get here, have continued success. The grant to UNH will help continue Upward Bound programs at high schools in Manchester, Farmington, Rochester and Somersworth.

“I can’t emphasize enough how important this award is to the students at these schools, where the community needs are tremendous,” said Dan Gordon, director of UNH’s Upward Bound.  “This grant will enable us to meet the challenge and help more low-income students access higher education.”

Upward Bound includes school-year counseling and an intense summer program for students at the college campuses.  Participants are high school students from low-income families and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. Part of the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO Programs, Upward Bound aims to help students realize their dream of going to college and have a successful experience once they get there.

The grant was announced Tuesday by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

 “A college education can be critical to a young person’s prospects in today’s economy, but some students face special challenges in not only entering, but also succeeding at college,” Shaheen said. “These programs do a wonderful job of preparing disadvantaged students and students who are the first in their family to go to college.”