$4.4M in Upward Bound Grants Awarded to Central Texas Students

WACO, TX (KWTX) – The Education Service Center Region 12 recently awarded a grant of $297,600 per year for the next five years to help middle school students in Central Texas.

The three separate grants will serve selected students in Connally and La Vega, Waco and Killeen.

The ESC Region 12 Upward Bound program is three separate grants, each helping to help high school students in different cities.

A grant is for Connally ISD and La Vega ISD students, helping Connally High School and La Vega High School students.

The second grant supports two Waco ISD schools, including Waco High School and University High School.

The latest grant is for Killeen students, serving Killeen High School and Pathways High School at Killeen ISD, and Richard Milburn Academy, a charter school in Killeen.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound is an innovative program aimed at closing the gap and increasing the academic achievement levels of first-generation and economically disadvantaged students to succeed in high school, postsecondary education, and college. -of the.

“One of the most rewarding parts of this program is having our Upward Bound alumni come back and work with our current participants as part-time employees of ESC Region 12,” said Tammy Horner, Project Director. ESC Region 12 Upward Bound. “Their presence working as tutors, instructors and coaches as they pursue their own post-secondary education journey is an encouragement to our students as they see that college can become a reality.

Upward Bound provides foundational support to participants as they prepare for college entrance and provide opportunities for success in pre-college performance and ultimately in graduate school.

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