A program that helps low-income, at-risk and first generation students prepare for college will continue at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point after receiving more than $414,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
The Upward Bound program will be funded for five years, serving approximately 100 students a year from ten school districts in central and northern Wisconsin. Funding had initially been denied, but was approved after an appeal process and assistance from U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, U.S. Congressman Sean Duffy, U.S. Congressman Ron Kind, UW-Stevens Point administration as well as a grassroots effort by Upward Bound alumni, students, families and staff.
“Upward Bound gives students the academic, social and peer support they need in order to prepare for and enroll in the college of their choice,” said Henry Wojnicki, program director. “Having this grant means that we will be able to change the lives of more than 500 students during the next five years.”
The only program of its kind in the area, Upward Bound has been based at UW-Stevens Point for 45 years. The university also provides financial support for the program.
For more information, contact Ron Strege, director of UW-Stevens Point’s Office of Diversity and College Access, at 715-346-3574 or 715-305-8009. Henry Wojnicki will be available after 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14, at 715-346-3337 or 715-570-2300.