FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2003
CONTACT: Carol Anderson
EMU Awarded $380,000 for Upward
YPSILANTI Eastern Michigan University will receive $386,711 from the
U.S. Department of Educations Upward Bound program to help high school
students and veterans make a successful transition into post-secondary education.
EMU was one of 19 public and private colleges and universities in Michigan
which were awarded a total of $7,364,738 to help approximately 1,500 students
Upward Bound serves high school graduates from low-income families in which
neither parent holds a bachelors degree, as well as first-generation military
veterans from low-income families.
The program provides students with college and career planning; weekly study
sessions with tutors; social and cultural experiences; and college preparation
services such as academic advising and free SAT and ACT tests.
Upward Bound services and activities provide help to students to level
the playing field with regard to the social, cultural, educational, and economic
barriers they face in pursuit of higher education, said Amy Prevo-Johnson,
EMU director of Upward Bound.
Upward Bound was the first of the federal programs authorized by the Economic
Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to former President Lyndon Johnsons
War on Poverty. Founded in 1967, EMUs Upward Bound program began during
the original wave of funding and, during the past 36 years has provided academic
and personal assistance to more than 2,500 students.
Eastern Michigan University is a public comprehensive, metropolitan university
that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students
with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers
and lives, and to be better citizens.