UCR Receives Two Upward Bound Grants to Support Area High School Students

The awards total more than $3.1 million over five years

Upward Bound programs are part of UCR’s TRIO pre-college prep programs. ucr file

UC Riverside will continue to support the academic futures of dozens of Inland Empire high school students with the help of two Upward Bound grants totaling more than $3.1 million over five years.

The U.S. Department of Education grants were awarded to UCR through the Office of Postsecondary Education-TRIO Programs, and are for five years each, totaling $3,187,080.

An Upward Bound Classic grant totaling $1,835,205 over the next five years will support 85 students at Moreno Valley, Perris, and Rubidoux high schools.

In addition, an Upward Bound Oasis grant will support 63 students at Banning, Norte Vista, and Ramona high schools. That grant will total $1,351,875 over five years.

Upward Bound is a federal program designed to support low-income and first generation college students from all backgrounds. It offers free services, including academic tutoring, mentorship, financial guidance, as well as enrichment activities that improve educational access and retention.

Both Upward Bound programs are part of UCR’s TRIO pre-college prep programs that have serviced Inland Empire youth since 1998.

The programs currently enroll 148 young scholars in six different high schools.

“These grants will allow UCR to continue to provide public service to the local community by offering experiences to students from these high schools, which will result in changing their futures for the better,” said Alicia Velazquez, executive director of educational and community outreach programs at UCR.

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