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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 10, 2012

Funding renewed for Upward Bound Math and Science program

Northwest’s Upward Bound Math and Science program serves the following schools:


  • Bedford High School
  • Clarinda High School
  • Nishnabotna High School
  • Red Oak High School
  • Shenandoah High School
  • South Page High School
  • Villisca High School


  • Turner High School


  • St. Joseph: Central High School
  • St. Joseph: Lafayette High School
  • St. Joseph: Benton High School
  • Kansas City: Northeast High School
  • Kansas City: Lincoln College Prep
  • Rosendale: North Andrew R-VI High School
  • Hopkins: North Nodaway R-VI High School
  • Grant City: Worth County R-III High School


  • Falls City High School
  • Nebraska City High School

The United States Department of Education has granted funding to Northwest Missouri State University’s Upward Bound Math and Science program that will allow it to continue for another five years.

The Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program at Northwest is a six-week, hands-on summer learning experience for eligible high school students in grades nine through 11. The life-enhancing college-prep program helps students explore math, science and technology topics that many of their peers might never experience while exposing them to a university campus and reducing anxieties about college. The students live in a campus residence hall while receiving instruction from skilled college and high school faculty.

The funding for the program is approved through 2017. UBMS will receive $317,987 for the 2012-2013 academic year and roughly $1.6 million for the five-year period.

“Funding for TRiO programs has become very competitive over the past few years as state institutions have heightened their pursuit of grant monies to help absorb some of the state funding deficiencies,” said Phil Kenkel, TRIO Program Director at Northwest. “I know for a fact that our continued funding would not have been possible without the support of Northwest’s administration and many faculty and staff members.”

Launched in 1992 and fully funded through the U.S. Department of Education, the UBMS program at Northwest serves 18 high schools throughout Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas to help students pursue an education or career in a math or science-related field.  

Years after graduating from high school, former students testify that summers spent at UBMS were the best of their lives. Campers experience far more than hands-on math and science projects. They also learn to become self-reliant while developing leadership and social skills.

Glen Walenda, an Ellsinore native, participated in the program from 1992 to 1993, and said it has had a significant impact on his life. Recently he began his seventh year as a science teacher in Chengdu, China, and serves as a department head at his school. During each of the last four years, Walenda has coached students to become grand award winners at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

“UBMS helped me to know what to expect,” Walenda said. “Learning how to balance academic rigor with independence and a social life helped me to transition much easier into college life. Coming from a rural monocultural area in Missouri, the program gave me my first introduction to diversity. UBMS gave me the tools to not only survive but thrive in college.”

For more information about Upward Bound Math and Science at Northwest, call 660.562.1630 or send an email to Assistant Director Karen Woodard at More information also is available at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468