May 9, 2012 –The Trio Upward Bound Program grant at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls has been renewed by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant funds the program with 1.5 million dollars over the next five years. UWRF was one of 11 Upward Bound programs in Wisconsin to receive funding for the 2012-2017 cycle.
Since 1999 the UWRF Upward Bound program has worked with Arlington High School-now Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul, Minn., to assist and prepare underrepresented students for higher education after graduation. With this announcement the program will be able to continue to help prepare students for college through tutoring and academic skill-building, social and cultural activities, college and career awareness, financial literacy, and personal and academic counseling. Each year, students have the chance to participate in a six-week intensive summer residential program on the UW-River Falls campus.
Upward Bound serves students whose families are both low income (150 percent of poverty level) with neither parent having achieved a four-year college degree. The students must be currently enrolled in school and have academic potential and determination to attend a postsecondary institution after high school.
For more information about the program, contact Bee Vang at 715-425-3531.