Medaille College Awarded Second Upward Bound Grant

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Medaille College has been awarded its second Upward Bound Grant from the US Department of Education and is the only college in Western New York to receive the second grant, which is to be used specifically for education in math and science programs. The highly competitive grant, distributed over a five-year period, totals nearly $1.3 million.

Medaille will expand its partnership with the Math, Science and Technology Preparatory School (MST), PS 197, to provide extended learning opportunities and college prep for approximately 60 students. Medaille received its first Upward Bound Grant back in June, which was when its partnership with the MST was originally established.

The Upward Bound (UB) Program provides college preparation and admissions assistance to students from low-income families who have the potential to continue their education beyond high school. These students, most of whom will be the first generation in their family to attend college, will receive academic enrichment, counseling and leadership opportunities as a part of their preparation throughout high school. 

“Medaille is a valued higher education partner that is helping to accelerate achievement and opportunity for Buffalo Public School students with new career paths every day. Our students represent the future of the region, as well as the diversity our city needs in these rapidly emerging professions,” says Superintendent Kriner Cash. ”As a BPS and Say Yes partner, Medaille College offers quality math and science education programs that many of our students can take advantage of. We are grateful for Medaille President Dr. Ken Macur’s encouragement and acceleration of our students’ academic growth through this next round of Upward Bound funding. This work aligns perfectly with the initiatives of the New Education Bargain (NEB).”

“Medaille looks forward to its continued partnership with the BPS as well as expanding opportunities for these committed math and science students,” states Dr. Macur. “We are also excited to be utilizing our new science labs to provide enhanced learning opportunities as these students work diligently towards securing a bright future. There can be no better gratification for Medaille than seeing these promising young people work towards their future success.”

An additional two staff members will join the original staff of three hired for the initial Upward Bound Grant. All staff will work to develop and implement the entire Upward Bound program. 

Medaille’s goal is to increase the high school graduation rate of MST students enrolled in the program. Students in the program will receive weekly tutoring in all core academic areas during the school year and participate in STEM enrichment activities designed to deepen student interest in academic study. During an enriched six-week summer program, students will receive academic tutoring on a daily basis.

In addition, the program will help to demystify college by exposing students to college experiences such as speaking to professors, taking college courses, going on campus tours and cultural excursions.

Students will receive Regents exam preparation and assistance in applying for and enrolling in the postsecondary education of their choice. Upward Bound will provide instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature and foreign language. 

Other services include:

  • Information on the full range of Federal Student Financial Aid programs and benefits
  • Assistance completing college applications and financial aid applications
  • Guidance and assistance on secondary school reentry, alternative education programs or entry into general educational development (GED) programs

Upward Bound was created as part of the federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (the War on Poverty Program) and the Higher Education Act of 1965. Since 1964, hundreds of thousands of students across the United States have graduated on time and enrolled in college because of Upward Bound.

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