American senses Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced federal funding of $6,236,161 for 15 Virginia schools for Upward Bound programs. Upward Bound, administered by the Department of Education, provides support for low-income and first-generation high school students to increase high school and college graduation rates.
“All students deserve to have access to the resources they need to succeed,” the senators said. “This funding for Upward Bound programs will support low-income and first-generation students through high school and help prepare them for higher education. This represents another critical investment in leveling the playing field so that more students have the tools they need to achieve their goals and prepare for life after high school.
Funding will be awarded as follows:
Patrick Henry Community College will receive $312,480 for programs including tutoring, mentoring and a summer bridging program. It will serve 68 students in Martinsville as well as Henry and Patrick counties.
Norfolk State University will receive $297,485 for programs to increase student GPAs, standardized test scores, and retention and graduation rates. It will serve 60 students in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Virginia Tech will receive a total of $1,146,350 for programs, including financial aid application assistance, Pell Grant education, and course selection. It will serve 223 students from Southwest Virginia.
The College at Wise at the University of Virginia will receive $427,133 for programs, including tutoring, information about financial aid and alternative education programs, and college application support. It will serve 80 students from Southwest Virginia.
Virginia State University will receive $451,377 for college and summer residential programs. It will serve 88 students in the towns of Hopewell and Petersburg and the counties of Dinwiddie, Greensville, Sussex and the Matoaca district of Chesterfield.
James Madison University will receive $287,537 for programs that include personal counseling, academic and cultural immersion experiences, and FAFSA education. It will serve 60 students across Northern Virginia.
Portsmouth Public Schools will receive $297,601 for programs, including an Individualized Education Success Plan (IESP) for each pupil recruited. It will serve 60 students from IC Norcom and Manor High Schools.
The Paul D. Camp Community College will receive $290,714 for programs, including support for dual enrollment opportunities. It will continue to serve Franklin, Lakeland and Southampton High Schools.
Southwest Virginia Community College will receive a total of $685,387 for initiatives including a summer discovery program, study skills and time management workshops, and financial and academic aid seminars . It will serve a total of 132 students from Grundy, Hurley, Twin Valley, Council, Castlewood, Honaker and Lebanon high schools.
Hampton University will receive $297,599 for programs including SAT/ACT prep workshops, financial literacy seminars and tutoring. It will serve 60 Newport News students.
Virginia Union University will receive $444,616 for programs, including supplemental Saturday instruction, summer residential components, and the creation of an individualized academic plan. It will serve 85 students from Armstrong, George Wythe, Huguenot, John Marshall and Thomas Jefferson high schools.
Rappahannock Community College will receive $287,537 for tutoring, counseling, cultural enrichment and mentorship programs. It will serve 60 students from Essex County, Lancaster County, and Washington and Lee High Schools.
Wytheville Community College will receive $297,601 for programs including service-learning opportunities, post-graduation bridging programs and Wellness Wednesday workshops. It will serve 57 students from Southwest Virginia.
Old Dominion University will receive $400,571 for programs including after-school tutoring, an intensive summer bridge experience and college visits. It will serve 77 students across Norfolk and Portsmouth.
Virginia Highlands Community College will receive $312,173 for programs including a Summer Academy, career counseling and counselling, and cultural and social enrichment programs. It will serve 65 students from Chilhowie, Northwood, Holston, Patrick Henry and Virginia high schools.
This funding follows the plea of the Sens. Warner and Kaine to increase funding for all TRIO programs — including Upward Bound — in a letter to the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations subcommittee leadership last year.