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May 17, 2012
By Ben Lawson, media assistant
The United States Department of Education has granted Northwest Missouri State University’s Upward Bound program funding that will allow it to continue for another five years.
The funding for the program is approved through 2017. Upward Bound will receive $358,086 for the 2012-2013 academic year and roughly $1.8 million for the five-year period.
The program helps local high school students realize their goals of attending college and achieving success long after college. The program targets students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds or whose parents did not attend college.
TRIO Program Director Phil Kenkel said 80 students will be allowed to participate in Upward Bound when the new grant cycle begins Sept. 1. Kenkel said this is the largest number of students to be served at one time in Upward Bound’s 26-year history on the Northwest campus.
“I am genuinely excited, first and foremost, for all current and future students who will benefit from continued services,” Kenkel said. “Additionally, I am pleased that Upward Bound staff members Kori Hoffmann, Jackie Cochenour and Tori Smith will be able to continue to use their skills to positively impact area youth.”
Northwest officials noted the process to secure funding for Upward Bound was more competitive for this cycle. About 24 percent of existing programs nationwide were defunded because they did not meet standards set by the federal government.
“These facts are illustrative of how competitive the process has become, how successful Northwest’s program has been, and how important the collaboration process is in making the application a success,” Northwest Provost Dr. Doug Dunham said. “A special recognition must go to Phil Kenkel for shepherding us through this application process.”
In order to be approved for funding, Northwest’s application had to identify a need in the target area for the program, articulate plans to assure students’ success throughout their education and after they graduate, and demonstrate that the Northwest and Maryville community is supportive of the project.
The school districts participating in the Upward Bound program are Rock Port, Tarkio, West Nodaway, Maryville, Northeast Nodaway, King City and Stanberry.
Kenkel now turns his attention toward securing a grant for the Upward Bound Math-Science Program. That program works with 18 high schools throughout Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas to help students pursue an education or career in a math or science-related field. Kenkel expects to learn about its funding status this fall. If funded, that program would operate through 2017 as well.
Upward Bound’s 2012 summer camp at Northwest is June 4 through July 5 with its annual summer trip July 9-12. To learn more about Northwest’s Upward Bound program, contact Kenkel at 660.562.1861 or via email at email@example.com, or visit www.nwmissouri.edu/dept/upwardbound/index.htm.
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