Simpson’s Upward Bound program was just rewarded over $7.2 million grant funding by the federal government. Upward Bound is a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves area 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.
Another part of Simpson’s partnership with Upward Bound is to provide affordable education to upward bound students so they can afford a 4-year degree. As part of this partnership, Simpson offers upward bound students a $27,000 a year scholarship.
Upward Bound serves local high schools, including Shasta High School, Shasta Collegiate Academy, McCloud, Anderson New Tech, and Anderson High School. Approximately 2/3 of students served by Upward Bound are both first generation college students and from a low-income household, and the remaining third falls into one of these categories.
Simpson’s partnership with Upward Bound serves to help motivate and prepare students for post-secondary education, while providing an opportunity for affordable education. Simpson looks forward to serving the incoming Upward Bound students and seeing this generous grant money being put to use.
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