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Upward Bound at Minnesota State Mankato Receives Funding for Next Five Years

Minnesota State Mankato program to receive $387,000 each year.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 5-21-2012

Mankato, Minn. – The Upward Bound Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato recently was notified by U.S. Rep. Tim Walz that it will receive federal funding of $387,000 for each of the next five years from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Upward Bound Program at Minnesota State Mankato serves students from the following schools: Blue Earth area, Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial, Madelia, Mankato East, Mankato West and Maple River.

The Upward Bound program is designed to stimulate and motivate low-income, potential first-generation college students to complete high school and pursue and succeed in a program of post-secondary education. Upward Bound is one of four Federal TRIO Programs offered at Minnesota State Mankato. Federal TRIO Programs are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“We’re pleased to receive another five years of funding, and we feel fortunate that we’ll be able to continue our work with students from our partner schools,” said George Corey, director of Minnesota State Mankato’s Upward Bound program.

The Upward Bound program at Minnesota State Mankato began in 1978 and has received federal funding ever since. Corey said the current funding cycle for the program was highly competitive and that Minnesota State Mankato’s selection for an additional five years of funding is a reflection of the positive impact it has had on the students it serves.

There are approximately 800 Upward Bound programs nationally and about 20 in Minnesota, with most of those serving the Twin Cities area. The Minnesota State Mankato Upward Bound program is the only program serving south central Minnesota.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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