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Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ Congratulates Loyola Marymount University for Receiving $1.2 Million Grant from the U.S. Department of Education for its TRiO Upward Bound Program

May 23, 2012
Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) released the following statement commending Loyola Marymount University's (LMU) TRiO Upward Bound Program for receiving a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. LMU will use these funds to continue its work helping low-income and first-generation-to-college students graduate from high school and get into college. The Congresswoman's statement is below:

"Since 2007, Loyola Marymount University's (LMU) Upward Bound program has been pivotal in increasing high school graduation and college enrollment rates among first-generation-to-college and low-income students. I am extremely pleased to announce that LMU's Upward Bound program has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to further their college-prep program.  Throughout my career I have worked tirelessly to ensure that Upward Bound and other TRiO programs remain funded to guarantee that low-income and first-generation youth succeed in college. LMU's Upward Bound program continues to make a difference within our community by showing our youth that a college education is within their reach. Through hard work and dedication to their students, LMU's Upward Bound program has a 100 percent high school graduation, college admittance and matriculation rate for their 2010, 2011 and 2012 class of seniors."

As a part of the historic Higher Education Act of 1965, Upward Bound has provided fundamental support to low-income and first generation college students prepare for college entrance since 1965. Upward Bound provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance through summer college-prep and enrichment courses, financial aid and admission seminars, academic tutoring and mentoring support. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

"LMU's Upward Bound Program serves more than 50 students a year at Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet. Since its inception, LMU's Upward Bound programs has graduated a total of 49 students from college. In a time where young people face countless barriers in their pursuit of a college education, it is encouraging to see LMU's continued commitment to ensuring low-income and first generation students are prepared to succeed in college."

Loyola Marymount University's $1.2 million grant will go toward further supporting their Upward Bound program for the next five years. This is the second Upward Bound award LMU has received from the federal government.