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NMSU's Upward Bound Program receives grant to work with more students

New Mexico State University's Upward Bound Program recently received additional funding from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of participants.

1,013 Upward Bound Program Participant Expansion Initiative grant will allow the program to expand its work in preparing high school students from the Las Cruces and Gadsden school districts for college. The program currently works with 75 students in each district annually and now will serve an additional 20 students in the Gadsden Independent School District.

NMSU's Upward Bound Program also received a $1,312,956 grant from the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year to continue the program for four years.

Upward Bound offers students academic, career and personal advising; tutoring; mentoring; 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 admissions process, courses students should take while in high school and other topics related to college readiness.

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

The McNair Program works to help students 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.

To learn more about TRIO programs visit http://www.trioprograms.org.