Nearly $3.8 Million in federal funding has been allocated to Maryland colleges and universities to help underrepresented communities achieve student success.
Federal grants to the tune of $3,783,406 have been allocated for eight colleges and universities, including community colleges, across Maryland to help “underrepresented communities enter and complete higher education degree programs.”
The money comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound Program, a federal outreach and student services program “designed to identify and support the educational pursuits of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.” The program provides “fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance,” with a goal “to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.”
Recipients of the Upward Bound funding include:
- $681,929 for Community College of Baltimore County
- $575,074 for Chesapeake College
- $531,595 for University of Maryland Eastern Shore
- $496,677 for Morgan State University
- $473,169 for Frostburg State University
- $438,430 for University of Maryland, Baltimore County
- $297,599 for Hagerstown Community College
- $288,933 for Prince George’s Community College
Upward Bound’s website further explains the programs critical services and the types of projects it funds:
Upward Bound projects provide academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, work-study programs, education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; and programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of foster care system or other disconnected students.