2017-05-31 / Front Page

Upward Bound funds to help kids go to college

FROM STAFF REPORTS

YORK COUNTY — Students from several local high schools are among those sharing Upward Bound funding, designed to help low-income, first-generation, and other students from disadvantaged backgrounds pursue higher education. The awards, were announced Tuesday by U.S. senators Susan Collins and Angus King.

Upward Bound and other (similar) programs are vital for students across our state, where we have a large number of first-generation college students,” said Collins and King in a joint statement. “This funding will help hundreds of students from disadvantaged backgrounds obtain a college education and unlock their full potential.”

In all, several Maine universities will receive funding — a total of $2.1 million will come to the state. 

Thr local breakdown is:

• $270,375 for an Upward Bound program proposed by the University of Southern Maine to serve 63 low-income, first-generation students per year in Biddeford and Sanford high schools;

• $296,516 for an Upward Bound program proposed by the University of Southern Maine to serve 64 low-income, first-generation students per year at Massabesic and Sacopee Valley high schools, combined with students from Westbrook High School.

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