Upward Bound program awarded $1.3M grant to continue services through 2022

Congressman Louie Gohmert recently announced that Kilgore College’s Upward Bound program will receive federal grants from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $1.28 million.

The grant will provide funding for KC’s Upward Bound program for the next five years, allowing KC to partner with 50 qualifying students each year from five area high school schools: Kilgore, Longview and Pine Tree.

Upward Bound, one of eight federal TRIO programs, provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.

The program serves high school students from low-income families, first-generation college students, individuals with disabilities and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.

“Expansion of education for youth from every background is a top priority at Kilgore College,” said Jude Dubois, KC’s Upward Bound director. “With this funding, we will help students achieve academic success and ensure students aren’t just prepared to gain admission to college, but that they’re also able to graduate and explore all opportunities a college degree provides.”

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.

All Upward Bound programs are required to provide instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature and foreign language.

Other services include:

  • Information on the full range of Federal Student Financial Aid programs and benefits
  • Guidance and assistance on secondary school reentry, alternative education programs or entry into general educational development programs or postsecondary education

For more information on the Upward Bound program at KC visit www.kilgore.edu/upward-bound.