Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today announced $922,561 in grants through the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound program will be awarded to SUNY Plattsburgh and Adirondack Community College.
“Today, I am announcing over $900,000 in taxpayer dollars will return to our district to support these excellent higher education institutions as they equip the next generation of students for postsecondary success,” Stefanik said. “The Upward Bound program provides critical support for students preparing for higher education, and this funding will go a long way to help students in our district succeed.”
A breakdown of the funding can be seen below:
- $312,480 for SUNY Plattsburgh’s Adirondack Schools' Upward Bound Program, which will serve 63 students at seven high schools in the region
- $297,601 for Adirondack Community College’s Rural Upward Bound Program, which will serve 60 students at eight high schools in the region
- $312,480 for Adirondack Community College’s Upward Bound Program, which will serve 63 students at five high schools in the region
These grants are the first year of funding in what will be a five year grant for the Upward Bound Program at these institutions.
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to prepare students to enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. The program serves high school students from low-income families and families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree and supports participants with academic tutoring, postsecondary education counseling, financial aid information, and other support in their preparation for college entrance.