Cameron University’s Upward Bound program receives five-year funding grant

Cameron University’s Upward Bound program has received funding for five years through the U.S. Department of Education. This will enable the university to provide select high school students at Eisenhower High School, Lawton High School and MacArthur High School with fundamental support preparing for college entrance and success in higher education. The grant enables Cameron to offer the program through 2022 in order to help low-income students and those considered first-generation college students.

Cameron has been awarded a grant through the U.S. Department of Education earmarked to ensure the program is funded for the next five years. Beginning in September, the university will receive $305,224 each year totaling more than $1.5 million to continue the program.

“Cameron University has offered the Upward Bound program to area high school students since 1992,” says Beth Gregory, Director, Upward Bound. “This funding will allow us to help more students prepare for a college admission and, ultimately, a college degree. In the past five years, 82 percent of Cameron’s Upward Bound participants have enrolled for a college degree. We plan to continue that momentum.”

The mission of Upward Bound is to identify young people with the potential for college success, and, through a rigorous program of academic and social preparation, generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond secondary school. Free services and activities for students and parents include tutoring and study skills, twice-monthly Saturday Enrichment Classes, ACT/PSAT workshops, financial aid and scholarship information and applications. college-prep classes and information, a six-week, on-campus, summer enrichment program, college campus visits and a Career Fair and College Life Fair.

High school students interested in participating in Upward Bound can apply through the month of October. Applications are available from high school advisors as well as at Cameron’s Upward Bound office. Potential program participants must provide current documentation to verify family income and must request a recommendation from a teacher, counselor, principal, or other professional person. A family interview is also a requirement in the application process.

To become a participant in the Upward Bound program, students must demonstrate a desire and the ability to succeed in high school and graduate a four-year college and meet income requirements and/or meet first generation requirements. Upward Bound sessions for the 2017-18 school year will start in mid to late August.

Funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, Upward Bound is one of the TRIO family of programs established to provide educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstances.

For more information about Cameron University’s Upward Bound program, call 581-5581.



June 14, 2017