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New Mexico State University's Upward Bound Program receives funding

The Upward Bound Program at New Mexico State University recently received funding from the U.S. Department of Education to continue for another four years.


312,956 grant will allow the program to continue its work in preparing high school students from the Las Cruces and Gadsden school districts for college. The program works with 75 students each year.

Upward Bound offers students tutoring, mentoring and academic, career and personal advising and instruction on college campuses after school, Saturdays and during the summer. The program also offers workshops for parents to help them understand the college admission process, courses students should take and other topics related to college life.

Upward Bound is a federally-funded Trio program. The Trio program is comprised of seven programs nationwide which help low-income and first-generation students attend and graduate from college. New Mexico State has three of these programs - Upward Bound, the McNair Program and Student Support Services.

The McNair Program works to help students to prepare for doctoral studies by offering them research opportunities and faculty mentors. Student Support Services helps students stay in college until they earn their degrees by offering free tutoring, mentoring, financial assistance and cultural activities.