An Upward Bound Grant of $1.4 million has been awarded to North Central Missouri College in Trenton. The grant includes awards of just under $300,000 per year for five years.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded the grant to help more low-income students who would be the first members of their families to earn degrees to prepare for and enroll in college.
NCMC has sponsored an Upward Bound Program since 1999 and serves 50 students per year. The high schools that will be served in the successful grant include Trenton, Brookfield, Chillicothe, Gallatin, Penney (Hamilton), and Tri-County (Jamesport).
Upward Bound is an intensive intervention program that prepares students for higher education through various enrichment courses. At least two-thirds of the students in each local Upward Bound program are from low-income economic backgrounds and families in which neither parent has a bachelor’s degree.