UCR Programs Get Additional Funding to Send Local Kids to College

UC Riverside's Upward Bound programs receive an additional $3.1 million in grants

Upward Bound participants

There are about 110 students currently participating in UC Riverside’s Upward Bound programs.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The University of California, Riverside will be able to continue helping students from disadvantaged areas go to college. On May 8, the U.S. Department of Education awarded UC Riverside approximately $3.1 million in grants to re-fund the Upward Bound programs.

The programs are designed to motivate and support students who are either potential first-generation college attendees and/or from low-income backgrounds. The participants are also given resources to help them succeed in high school and beyond. The newly-awarded grants will be used to fund the programs over the next five years.

James W. Sandoval, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, was thrilled by the news.  “I know how hard the Upward Bound staff has worked to establish a model program; that effort has paid off with this phenomenal accomplishment that will provide a tremendous benefit to our community,” he said.

The Upward Bound programs, established in 2002, serve several communities: Upward Bound Classic works with students in Moreno Valley, Perris and Rubidoux, while Upward Bound Oasis works with students in Banning and Beaumont. In the fall, Upward Bound Oasis will start working with Norte Vista high school in Riverside County.

There are about 110 students currently participating in the programs. Once a student is accepted into Upward Bound, they continue to receive services until they graduate.

Program services are free and include one-on-one academic advising, after-school tutoring, college campus visits, cultural activities and an opportunity to participate in a rigorous six-week summer program at UCR.

Upward Bound counselors also assist the students during the college application process. They review transcripts to make sure participants are taking classes that fulfill the entrance requirements set by the University of California and the California State University systems, remind them of important deadlines (SAT/ACT, college admissions, financial aid, etc.) and offer assistance when parents and participants fill out college admission and financial aid forms.

UCR student Christopher Hernandez, 19, says he wasn’t exactly a good student when he joined Upward Bound as a junior at Beaumont High School. The biology major says without Upward Bound, he probably wouldn’t have gone to UCR. “I’m the first person in my family to go to college, so all the applications — SATs, FAFSA, college applications — were new to me. I learned every little thing about applying to college from Upward Bound.”

As part of the Federal TRIO Programs, the Office of TRiO Programs at UCR provides services to over 700 students per year at nine schools in the Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

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