[mpoverlay]Courtesy of Benedict College
Benedict College recently received two federal grants totaling $3.4 million over a five-year funding period from the United States Department of Education. The five-year grant comes under the Department of Education’s Upward Bound program which seeks to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
Upward Bound participants must be potential first-generation college students, low-income individuals, or individuals who have a high need for academic support in order to successfully pursue a program of education beyond high school.The first award is a renewal grant to serve 100 participants from five 5 high schools in Fairfield, Lexington, and Richland counties: Airport, Brookland-Cayce, C.A. Johnson Preparatory Academy, Fairfield Central, and W.J. Keenan high schools. The second award is a new award to serve 60 students at Camden High School located in Kershaw County. According to Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs, Debra Saunders-White, new awards made up only 8 percent of the successful applicants.
The United States Department of Education funded a total of 780 programs in the first funding slate out of 1,562 applicants.
“This funding will help ensure that low-income students are well-prepared and well-equipped to excel in higher education, which is so important for success in todays world,” said Dr. David H. Swinton, President and CEO of Benedict College. “In addition, in an increasingly global marketplace, the math and science training will help make sure Americas students can compete with anyone in the world.”
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