Upward Bound Program Receives Federal Grant

Simpson College will receive almost $250,000 for each of the next five years for its Upward Bound program, thanks to a U.S. Department of Education grant.

“This is wonderful news,” said Sandra Erickson, the Upward Bound program director on the Simpson campus. “It’s gratifying to know that we can continue to do this important work.”

Simpson is one of eight institutions of higher education that were selected to receive funding in the state of Iowa, Erickson said.

The Upward Bound program helps high school students overcome class, academic, social and cultural barriers to higher education. Students from low-income families, first-generation college students and students with disabilities are among those eligible to participate.

Simpson serves 50 students from six central Iowa high schools.

Said Erickson: “Among the many services provided are: academic tutoring in each of our high schools; assistance in high school course selection; career exploration; college visits; preparation for college entrance exams; guidance in completing college admission applications; and many others.”

Upward Bound is a program under the U.S. Department of Education. There are 780 similar programs throughout the country.

“Upward Bound is a key link to students who may not have the resources necessary to prepare for and access higher education,” Erickson said. “I am pleased to announce that Simpson’s Upward Bound program will continue to provide services to our 50 high school participants.”