The Ohio State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion has received word from the office of Ohio Senator Rob Portman and the U. S. Department of Education that both its Upward Bound Programs at Columbus and Wooster have been funded for five more years.
The U.S. Department of Education funds the two grant programs, and the latest grants were funded in the amount of $1,292,435 for the Columbus Upward Bound and $1,526,120 for the Wooster program, which also incorporates a longer summer residency component. “The Ohio State University is fortunate to receive funding for both Upward Bound programs. In my opinion, the two grant programs are closely aligned with the university’s land-grant mission as well as President Michael Drake’s 2020 Vision for The Ohio State University,” says Dr. James L. Moore III, the principal investigator for both grants and chief diversity officer at The Ohio State University.
The Columbus’ Upward Bound program plans to serve 66 first-generation and/or low-income, college-bound ninth, 10th, and 11th grade students, who attend or live in the Columbus City Schools’ service areas of Briggs, East, South, or Walnut Ridge High Schools. The Ohio State’s ATI Upward Bound program in Wooster proposes also to serve 66 students from Orville School District (i.e., Orrville Senior High School), Canton City School District (i.e., McKinley Senior High School and Timken Early College) and Wooster City Schools (i.e., Wooster High School).
Throughout the academic year, Upward Bound students are exposed to a variety of educational and cultural experiences. Beyond having the opportunity to partake in a positive, motivating, college-focused environment, members of The Ohio State University Upward Bound Program receive intensive year-round academic preparation, tutoring services, and test preparation for the Ohio State Assessment Test, and the ACT and SAT exams. “A major facet of Upward Bound is to increase the rate in which first-generation and low-income students complete secondary education and, more importantly, enter in and graduate from postsecondary educational institution,” says Dr. Moore.
Students are able to participate in college/cultural tours, personal/career development activities, and enrichment workshops during Saturday Academy sessions and attend the six-week Upward Bound Summer Institute. Since 2010, 818 high school students have been served by both Ohio State Upward Bound programs.