Senator John Thune announced today that The University of South Dakota has been awarded a grant for $396,007 from the Department of Education for its Upward Bound Program.
"The Upward Bound program has been a great success story for South Dakota," said Thune. "This funding will introduce more students to higher education who may not have the opportunity to be exposed to college life without it. I applaud the individuals who work with these students to help them realize their potential and I look forward to hearing about these students' bright futures."
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families; high school students who will be first-generation college students; and low-income, first-generation military veterans who are preparing to enter post-secondary education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.