MSSU Upward Bound Refunded for Five Years

May 17, 2012

Robin Hicklin, Ed.S.
JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Missouri Southern State University's Upward Bound Program is pleased to announce that the program has been refunded in the amount of $280,772 per year for the first budget period (Sept. 1, 2012 through August 31, 2013). It is anticipated the grant will be continued in the same amount for a total of five years.

The program received word of the funding from Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill on behalf of the United States Department of Education Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs, according to Robin Hicklin, MSSU Upward Bound Director

The Upward Bound Program serves 73 students a year in grades 9-12 in the school districts of Carl Junction, Carthage, East Newton, Joplin and Webb City. Upward Bound helps students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

Upward Bound provides its students with high school course selection counseling to maintain a college bound track; provides tutoring for high school classes; provides college student shadowing and professional job seminar opportunities for its students; and, conducts a five week long residential, summer College Simulation Experience on the campus of MSSU.

Upward Bound Programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and are part of a family of programs referred to as TRIO.

TRIO also includes Educational Talent Search, that serves students in grades 6-12, and Student Support Services that serves college students. Students served in TRIO programs are predominately low-income, and the majority are or will be first generation college students. The purpose of the Upward Bound (UB) Program is to generate in program participants the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education to enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education.

Required program services include: (1) academic tutoring; (2) advice and assistance in secondary and postsecondary course selection; (3) preparation for college entrance exams and completing the college admission applications; (4) information on federal student financial aid programs including (a) federal Pell grant awards, (b) loan forgiveness, and (c) scholarships; (5) assistance completing financial aid applications; (6) guidance on and assistance in: (a) secondary school reentry, (b) alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts that lead to the receipt of a regular secondary school diploma, (c) entry into general educational development (GED) programs or, (d) entry into postsecondary education; (7) education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students or the students’ parents, including financial planning for postsecondary education, and (8) projects funded for at least two years under the program, much provided instruction in mathematics through pre-calculus; laboratory science; foreign language; composition; and literature.

Missouri Southern currently has an Upward Bound Program, an Educational Talent Search Program and a Student Support Services Program known as Project Stay.