June 06, 2022
Today, US Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $3,783,406 in federal funding for colleges and universities across Maryland to help underrepresented communities access and complete graduate programs. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound program, which provides preparation and guidance for students to continue their education beyond high school. Lawmakers fought for increased funding in fiscal year 2022 for Upward Bound and other federal TRIO programs, which are federal student outreach and service programs designed to identify and support educational activities for people with from disadvantaged backgrounds. A total of eight Maryland higher education institutions will receive grants.
“All Marylanders deserve the opportunity to pursue a higher education, regardless of socioeconomic background. That’s why we’re proud to provide these funds to ensure we prepare students for success. These grants will provide no only mentorship and academic training to help high school students with challenges they may face when applying for and attending college, but will also inform them of opportunities to receive financial aid.We will continue to work to secure a federal funding to help Maryland students achieve their dreams,” lawmakers said.
Recipients of Upward Bound funding include:
- $681,929 for Baltimore County Community College
- $575,074 for Chesapeake College
- $531,595 for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore
- $496,677 for Morgan State University
- $473,169 for Frostburg State University
- $438,430 for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
- $297,599 for Hagerstown Community College
- $288,933 for Prince George’s Community College
Upward Bound provides foundational support to participants in their preparation for college entrance and in their pre-college performance – and, ultimately, in their graduate studies. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent has a bachelor’s degree. Upward Bound’s goal is to increase the rate at which participants complete high school and enroll in and graduate from post-secondary institutions.