Upward Bound at Minnesota State Mankato Receives $2.3 million, 5-year grant from U.S. Department of Education

July 07, 2022 | News Story

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Mankato, Minn. – The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded the Upward Bound program at Minnesota State University, Mankato $2.3 million in funding for the five-year grant cycle that will begin Sept. 1.

Upward Bound, which has been housed on the Minnesota State Mankato campus since 1978, serves 86 students, primarily from Mankato-area high schools. The program may also serve a limited number of high school students who reside in the target area of Blue Earth and Watonwan counties.

Upward Bound, a Federal TRIO program, is specifically designed to stimulate and motivate low-income, potential first-generation college students to complete high school and succeed in a program of post-secondary education.

Upward Bound serves students by improving academic skills through classroom instruction and tutoring; providing educational opportunities not usually available to students; motivating students to pursue education beyond high school; and enhancing students’ personal, cultural, social and academic awareness and development.

Program highlights include a six-week residential summer session; cultural, social, recreational and academic activities; follow-up programs throughout the academic year; and assistance with postsecondary admission practices and application procedures.

Minnesota State Mankato has the only Upward Bound program that serves south central Minnesota and is one of approximately 25 colleges or universities in Minnesota with Upward Bound programs.

For more information, please contact George Corey, director of Upward Bound at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-1212 or by email at george.corey@mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,546 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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