UWM’s Upward Bound receives ‘College Ready’ grant

MILWAUKEE – The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) recently received a $198,103 grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. This “College Ready” grant will allow UWM’s Upward Bound program to serve more students and expand the academic services offered.

In the upcoming academic year, UWM’s Upward Bound will serve at least 115 high school students from traditionally underserved backgrounds in its TRIO and Pre-College programs. These services will prepare students to academically succeed in college-level courses.

Services include a year-round program of after-school tutoring, monthly parent/student workshops, academic advising and educational field trips. During the summer a six-week program offers intensive instruction, tutoring and college visits.

UWM was one of 34 recipients to receive some of the more than $4 million in College Ready grant funds awarded by Great Lakes. Recipient programs will provide services to students across Minnesota and Wisconsin, helping a total of 4,000 students succeed in higher education.

“With the College Ready grant, UWM can continue to fulfill its mission of educational access, an essential aspect of our urban campus,” said Donald Singleton, program director of UWM’s Upward Bound.

UWM’s Upward Bound program was selected as a Great Lakes College Ready grant partner based on the strategies it has developed to help students improve their academic performance and its commitment to tracking results.

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(CONTACT: Donald Singleton, 414-229-5399, drs2@uwm.edu.)