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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 5, 2017

Upward Bound Math and Science program receives funding renewal

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

The funding for the program is approved through 2022. UBMS will receive $335,715 for the 2017-2018 academic year and roughly $1.77 million for the five-year period.

“The process to secure awards continues to be extremely competitive, with Northwest being one of four programs in Missouri to be awarded in the first slate,” Cassie Tavorn, TRIO program director at Northwest, said. “The strength of our programs lies within the support and commitment of Northwest’s administration, faculty, staff, students and community leaders.”

UBMS 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. Students live in a campus residence hall while receiving instruction from skilled college and high school faculty.

Launched in 1992 and fully funded through the U.S. Department of Education, UBMS at Northwest serves 71 students at 11 high schools throughout Missouri, Iowa and Kansas to help them pursue an education or career in a math or science-related field.  

Students acquire hands-on experience with math and science projects as UBMS guides them to become self-reliant while developing leadership and social skills.

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

TRIO is a federally recognized educational outreach program designed for students with disadvantaged backgrounds. It serves as an umbrella organization for Northwest programs consisting of Student Support Services, Upward Bound and UBMS. TRIO programs provide valuable, supportive services to students from poor and working families to successfully enter college and earn degrees.

Since 1986, Northwest TRIO programs have promoted educational opportunities while assisting students in their personal journey of earning a higher education degree. The partnerships TRIO has within the Northwest campus community assist with addressing the unique needs of academically capable individuals who are first-generation students and come from families with limited income.

For more information about Upward Bound Math and Science at Northwest, call 660.562.1538 or email Assistant Director Tanya Riley at, or visit

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