The Saint Augustine's University Upward Bound Program will receive $2,978,140 in grant funds over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Education. This year, Saint Augustine's University was fortunate to have an existing program refunded, as well as gain funding for a new program.
The existing Upward Bound program will receive $345,628 annually over the next five years. The new Upward Bound grant will receive $250,000 annually over the next five years.
The Upward Bound program serves low-income, first generation students in grades 9-12 in Edgecombe, Nash and Southeast Halifax counties. “The program helps students complete secondary school, apply, enroll and be successful in matriculating at a post-secondary school,” said Antonio Stephens, director of the Office of TRIO Programs at Saint Augustine's University.
The Saint Augustine's University Upward Bound program serves 80 participants at nine high schools. The new program, the Saint Augustine's University Southeast Halifax Upward Bound Program, will allow the university to serve an additional 60 students at Southeast Halifax High School.
“I’m excited that we have an opportunity to continue serving our current students and that we have the opportunity to expand our program to reach more students,” Stephens said.
Upward Bound, established in 1964, is one of the federal TRIO programs created by President Lyndon B. Johnson as part of his War on Poverty. Saint Augustine's University’s Upward Bound program began in 1987. Other TRIO programs include Educational Talent Search and Student Support Services, which is known as Academic Achievers at Saint Augustine's University.