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The University of Notre Dame received a grant of over $2.6 million from the U.S. Department of Education to continue supporting students at South Bend Community School Corp. having access to higher education. The grant was awarded to Notre Dame Upward Bound, one of the University’s two TRIO programs that helps low-income high school students prepare for college.

Started by former university president Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, in 1966, Notre Dame Upward Bound is one of the oldest and most successful college preparatory programs of its kind in the nation. To date, the program has helped more than 2,000 area students graduate from high school and pursue college education.

In 1964, the Economic Opportunity Act created Upward Bound as a pilot program in response to the War on Poverty. As one of the federal TRIO programs, Upward Bound is an intensive intervention program that prepares students for higher education through various enrichment courses. At least two-thirds of Upward Bound students come from low-income backgrounds and families in which neither parent has a bachelor’s degree. He recognizes that students whose parents do not have a university degree have more difficulty managing the complex decisions that the university requires, supports students from low-income families who have not had the academic opportunities that their peers have had and helps break down barriers that prevent students from thriving academically.

Campus-based Upward Bound programs provide students with instruction in literature, composition, math, science, and foreign languages ​​during the school year and summer. Upward Bound also offers intensive tutoring, mentoring and support for students as they prepare for college entrance exams and tackle admissions applications, financial aid and scholarship applications. .

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