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UMF Grant Renewal for Upward Bound

FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington is thrilled to announce that the TRIO federal funding grant for its two Upward Bound programs has been renewed for the next five years.

UMF will receive $3,591,775 as part of more than $16 million in grants that will support students from low-income backgrounds and families in which neither parent has a bachelor’s degree.

The grant was recently announced by the office of U.S. Senator Susan Collins, co-chair of the TRIO Congressional Bipartisan Caucus. According to Sen. Collins’ release, TRIO programs like Upward Bound help ensure underserved students have equal access to the college education and support they need to prepare, succeed, and graduate from teaching. superior. Upward Bound has been proven to increase the rate at which participants complete high school as well as enroll in and graduate from post-secondary institutions.

“We are grateful to Senator Collins and the entire Maine congressional delegation for their support of Upward Bound and equal educational opportunity. Our students need comprehensive, focused services more than ever, and we are fortunate to come from a state filled with outstanding TRIO programs and TRIO professionals. Upward Bound students work so hard to navigate the higher education landscape. It’s a privilege to be part of even a small part of their journey to college and beyond,” said Lynn Ploof-Davis, Director of TRIO Programs at UMF.

Upward Bound offers high school students the opportunity to prepare and succeed in their preparation for college entrance and graduate school. The programs provide academic instruction, tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, work-study programs, education or counseling services designed to improve students’ financial and economic literacy.

UMF graduate Katie Jansky participated in the Farmington Upward Bound program as a high school student at Mt. Abram High School. She now works as the Activities Coordinator and Student Advisor for the Farmington Upward Bound program.

“For me, as a high school student, Upward Bound was about opportunity. It gave me the chance to try new things, be better prepared academically, and have the support of people who believed in me. Now I am able to help current students like me pursue their dreams and achieve success,” said Jansky.

The TRIO programs are federal student outreach and services programs in the United States designed to identify and provide services to people from disadvantaged backgrounds. They are administered, funded, and implemented by the United States Department of Education.

Over the past 42 years, more than 1,215 students in the UMF program have received the essential services needed to achieve their higher education goal. Foothills Upward Bound and River Valley Upward Bound, funded in 1980 and 2012, respectively, provide services to 139 students at 14 targeted high schools in western Maine.

Nationally, there are over 3,100 TRIO programs serving over 800,000 students. In Maine, 30 TRIO programs serve nearly 7,600 students statewide, including programs at the University of Maine at Près Isle, the University of Southern Maine, and the University of Maine.

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