Purdue University Calumet’s Upward Bound program has received funding support for five additional years, thanks to a $2.73 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.
“The grant allows us to continue to encourage and motivate low income, first generation, prospective college students to attain a postsecondary educational degree,” Purdue Calumet Upward Bound Director Joe Flores said. “We do that by providing academic and cultural services to students from eight target high schools in Gary, East Chicago, Hammond and Whiting.”
More specifically, the grant provides support for academic tutoring, course selection advice, preparation for college entrance exams, scholarship and other financial aid-related information, Saturday and summer academic classes, college tours, and other education- and counseling-related information.
Purdue Calumet’s Upward Bound program traditionally has served 120 students a year since 1965, but will increase its student total to 130 during the upcoming academic year. More than 1,100 Purdue Calumet Upward Bound students have gone on to attend a postsecondary institution.