UNO Awarded $5 Million by Upward Bound

The University of New Orleans has been awarded grants totaling $5 million over a five-year period by the Upward Bound program through the U. S. Department of Education.

Upward Bound provides grants to institutions of higher education, agencies and organizations to operate projects that serve eligible students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The program gives fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.

The grants will fund three projects: UNO’s Project PASS, UNO’s Jefferson Upward Bound and UNO’s Classic Upward Bound.

Project PASS, which serves 70 eligible high school students, encourages low-income and potential first generation college students, as well as students with disabilities, to enter and complete a postsecondary education. The target high schools are Eleanor McMain Secondary School and McDonogh 35 College Preparatory High School.

The Jefferson Upward Bound program will serve 60 eligible students in Jefferson Parish. The target high schools are East Jefferson and Riverdale.

The Classic Upward Bound program will serve 98 eligible high school students in the following target schools: Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School, KIPP Renaissance High School, Lake Area New Tech Early College High School and Sarah T. Reed High School.

All Upward Bound projects are required to provide instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature and foreign language. Students also receive guidance and assistance in secondary school reentry, alternative education programs, college financial aid programs, college entrance exams and admissions applications.