The university was notified this week that it had received a grant for $374,266 to fund the first year of an anticipated five-year cycle.
“We are grateful for the federal support of Upward Bound, a program with a proven track record of success in providing effective college preparation for students in our local high schools,” Fitchburg State President Richard S. Lapidus said. “Upward Bound works because of talented and dedicated staff members, supported by the university and our participating communities. Our combined efforts will continue to create opportunities for students to achieve their highest educational goals.”
Upward Bound, which has been in operation on the Fitchburg State campus for over 25 years, serves low-income or potential first generation college students with programs during the academic year as well as in the summer months.
Upward Bound is a federal TRIO program, providing fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
The academic year program at Fitchburg State will include weekly tutoring services and enrichment classes, cultural and educational trips, academic counseling, and career planning activities.
The six-week summer residential program, for which students report in June, includes intensive study in core academic areas including mathematics through pre-calculus, laboratory science, foreign language, composition and literature, and technology. An array of cultural and social activities, campus/community work experiences and parent/guardian events are also included. A college credit bearing bridge program will be available for participants who are in transition between high school and college, and all student activities will be compiled and assessed in a college education plan.