IUP’s Upward Bound Math & Science program has received a U.S. Department of Education grant for $248,000, which could grow over five years to total $1.24 million.
The Upward Bound Math & Science programs are designed to strengthen the math and science skills of high school students and encourage them to pursue postsecondary education that leads to careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.
IUP annually provides support to 50 economically disadvantagedIndianaCountyhigh school students who have the potential to be first-generation college students. The first students were admitted in January 2008. Since then, 99 students fromIndianaCountyhave participated in the program, and 63 have completed it. Of the total participants, 65 percent have enrolled in an institution of higher education, and 40 percent of those who have enrolled have been accepted at IUP.
IUP’s program was chosen from more than 600 grant applications. 109 programs nationally received grants, only two of which are inPennsylvania.