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$1.43M grant for new Upward Bound Program aims to help underrepresented students prepare for college

Updated: Aug 1, 2022

Greater Houston Community Partners of Innovative Schools ACHIEVE Program will empower first-generation college and at-risk students to reach their potential

Missouri City, Texas – Greater Houston Community Partners of Innovative Schools' ACHIEVE Program will receive $1.43 million over the next five years to help eligible high school students in Missouri City overcome social, emotional, and academic barriers to achieve success in education beyond high school.

GHCPIS will receive a total of $1,437,685 to create an Upward Bound Program. The funds will support students from two local area schools supporting a total of approximately 30 high school students at each school.

Once a student is selected to participate, they will continue to receive Upward Bound services throughout their high school career including tutoring and instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language.

The goal of the program, first, is to help first-generation college students and at-risk students find academic success and graduate from high school. Second, the program encourages enrollment and graduation from post-secondary education.

Upward Bound, a federally funded program under the U.S. Department of Education, is one of eight Federal TRIO programs, offering outreach and student service programs specially designed for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

These programs serve and assist eligible high school students who are from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree, to help them progress through the academic pipeline to postsecondary education programs.

Students in the program participate in tutoring, monthly activities, and a summer program. Additionally, students have an opportunity to earn a stipend throughout the year.

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