Tuesday, May 30, 2017

UNM-Gallup receives Upward Bound grant

The Office of Senator Tom Udall announced on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, that the University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus has been awarded a U.S. Department of Education Upward Bound grant which will be effective September 1, 2017.  The goal of Upward Bound Projects is to increase rates of high school graduation and subsequent enrollment in and graduation from post-secondary institutions. Qualifying participants include students from low-income families or those from families in which neither parent has completed a bachelor’s degree. 

Upward Bound projects provide academic support and instruction to eligible high school students in a wide range of academic subjects.  Assistance is offered through tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment programs and services designed to improve financial and economic literacy.  Services such as weekly visits to target schools, Saturday Academy sessions, and summer programming are all part of the Upward Bound model.  Jayme McMahon, Director of Student Affairs at UNM-Gallup, was instrumental in the preparation of the grant proposal and will serve as the project’s Principal Investigator.  McMahon noted, “Upward Bound programs are designed for students who are typically underrepresented in higher education such as those who are first-generation college students, students who use English as a second language, students with disabilities, students in foster care or the many others who may never have considered college as a possibility.”

The grant has been awarded at an amount of $257,500.00 for the first year is expected to be awarded for five years for a total award amount of $1,287,500.00. 

According to McMahon, “This grant offers us a great opportunity to provide fundamental support for high school participants in their preparation for college while exposing them to the many options they have when it comes to post-secondary education. Many students, particularly those from underrepresented groups, do not think they can be successful in college when in fact they just need some targeted help in learning how to navigate the higher education experience. Nationally, the outcomes achieved by Upward Bound have shown that this extra support may be all students need to reach academic goals they didn’t even know were possible.” 

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