UMES receiving more funding to help high school students find a pathway to success after graduation

MARYLAND- Eight colleges are receiving grants to give local students a better chance for success. Nearly $3.8 million in federal funding will go to colleges and universities for high school students that are mostly in underrepresented communities. The funding will give those students more opportunities after graduation through a program called Upward Bound. It has a goal of increasing the rate of students enrolling in college and graduating from college. U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen said the program has been successful and he’s proud to see funding go to needed areas.

“We are very pleased we were able to secure these funds for these students and we need to continue to do that,” Sen. Van Hollen said. “These are important programs that have proven successful and I am pleased that working with others in Maryland delegation we were able to secure these funds.”

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is one of the schools receiving this funding.They’ve been doing this program for over 57 years as they are working with high school students within Wicomico and Somerset Counties. They said the funding goes a long way and they’re excited to be able to do more this year with it, as COVID limited them by going virtual.

“We are looking forward to getting back up to capacity and we are certainly excited about being face to face this summer and bringing the students on campus where they will be having, we have a commuter program they will be having academic classes in morning, and then we will do extra curricular activities in the afternoon,” Dr. Nicole Gale, Director of Upward Bound Program, said.

UMES said last year they had 70% of their students enroll into post secondary education immediately after graduating high school.

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