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May 16 , 2007
CONTACT: Ward Mullens

EMU's Upward Bound Program gets renewal grant worth $2.3 million

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University’s Upward Bound Program turns 40 this year, and while the party preparations are still in the planning, it has already received a very nice package.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Upward Bound a six-year renewal grant totaling $2.3 million or $398,293 annually.

“For the past 40 years Upward Bound has helped hundreds of young people from Willow Run and Ypsilanti High School go to college,” said Sandra Gonzales, coordinator for EMU’s Upward Bound Program. “We are proud of our partnership with the families and youth of Ypsilanti and we hope to provide rigorous academic programming and college support until every eligible Ypsilanti resident has a college degree.”

"Over a million students fail to graduate high school each year, the majority of which come from economically disadvantage backgrounds.  These grants will provide young people with the help and support they need to graduate from high school and pursue higher education, resources that they may not have otherwise had access to," said Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI15).  "I am proud that two tremendous learning institutions in my district, Eastern Michigan University and Monroe County Community College, will be able to continue their hard work on this program."   

Upward Bound at EMU requires students in the program to give 8-10 year commitment when they begin the 9th grade.

“We monitor grades, test scores, attendance, citizenship and provide students with academic support and advising, career exploration, college prep assistance, a six-week summer residential component, college campus tours and field trips to cultural/historical excursions,” Gonzales said.

“Our aim is to expose students to a world where possibilities and opportunities are within reach once they make the leap from high school to college,” Gonzales said. “Upward Bound at EMU has a 100 percent college matriculation rate and a 75-80 percent college graduation rate.”


Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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