The United States Department of Education has awarded the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UAHT) an Upward Bound Program grant of $251,500 per year beginning September 1 through August 31, 2018. According to a press release, it is anticipated that the grant will be for a total of five years, according to the grant award letter from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant application for UAHT’s Upward Bound program was selected from more than 1,500 proposals submitted nationwide in a competitive, discretionary grant competition. UAHT’s grant was written by Mary White, Director of Student Support Services, and Nicole Woods, TRiO Coordinator.

Upward Bound is one of two TRiO programs offered at UAHT. TRiO programs are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRiO programs are targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

UofA Hope-Texarkana
UofA Hope-Texarkana

“The principal goal of the Upward Bound program is to help low-income and first-generation students complete high school prepared to enter college and graduate from a degree program,” said White.

The Upward Bound staff at UAHT will serve sixty program participants each year, selected from Hope and Texarkana, Arkansas, Public Schools. The program will begin on September 1, 2017.

“During the school year, the Upward Bound staff will conduct academic enrichment, coordinate individual and group tutoring, provide college entrance exam preparation and financial aid/scholarship application assistance, and hold workshops to familiarize parents with college admissions and financial aid processes,” said White.

Other Upward Bound goals include raising high school GPAs to a level consistent with college entry, preparing students for successful application and entry into college, and helping students and families pursue federal financial aid and other funding sources to attend college.

During the high school year, services include academic advising and tutoring; course planning assistance; career counseling; college visits; ACT exam preparation; cultural, social and enrichment activities; monthly stipends; and scholarship and financial aid advice.

According to Upward Bound data, the program’s participants are 25 percent more likely to graduate from high school and 17 percent more likely to enroll in college than program-eligible nonparticipants at high schools served by the program.

For more information, contact Nicole Woods at 870-722-8550 or

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