RIC receives five-year grant from U.S. Dept. of Education to continue Upward Bound (June 2017)
The United States Department of Education has selected Rhode Island College to receive a 5-year grant to continue its Upward Bound program. Upward Bound has been a staple at RIC for over 50 years.
The grant will provide $640,661 for the first year and will fund 150 students.
Upward Bound was created to help at-risk students from low-income families graduate from high school and become the first in their families to pursue higher education. RIC was among the first institutions in the country to host an Upward Bound program. RIC's program is the only one in Rhode Island.
Since 1966, more than 3,500 students from high schools with the highest dropout rates in the state have successfully completed the program and gone on to matriculate at some of the finest colleges and universities in the country.
The high schools served by RIC's Upward Bound are Providence's Central, Hope, and Mt. Pleasant, as well as Shea in Pawtucket, Central Falls and East Providence.
Upward Bound offers students instruction in fundamental and advanced level courses, counseling, tutoring, academic support workshops, career development, work-study placement, student support services, and multi-cultural and social activities. Students work cooperatively to improve critical thinking skills and become better learners. They are afforded ample assistance and guidance to meet the challenges of a high school curriculum.
The 12-month program runs September through June, and conducts a six-week academic/residential program on the RIC campus during the summer.
A recent study of Upward Bound graduates of the last seven years showed that 98% enroll into programs of post-secondary education and 75% graduate.
Mission Since 1966
The Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program is designed to instill in low-income, potential first-generation college students the skills and motivation to complete high school and to enter and graduate from college. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the high school and college graduation rates of program participants. Upward Bound is committed to providing equal access and opportunity to students from specific target high schools who meet federal eligibility requirements. The program enhances the intellectual, emotional, character and motivational development of each participant by offering rigorous academic instruction, counseling, support services, and an environment that recognizes individual differences and academic potential.
Rhode Island College has the distinction of being one of the first public institutions of higher education to establish an Upward Bound Program. The single such project in Rhode Island since its inception in 1966, Upward Bound is designed to generate in low-income, potential first-generation college students the skills and motivation necessary to complete high school and to enter and
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