Gaston College receives Upward Bound Grant from U.S. Department of Education
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Gaston College receives Upward Bound Grant

Gaston College receives Upward Bound Grant from U.S. Department of Education

Gaston College has received a federal grant that will support the College’s efforts to help high school students earn their high school diplomas and attend college. As per the United States Department of Education, the Upward Bound Grant “provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.”

Upward Bound serves high school students from low income families and families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The Department of Education has awarded a total of $1,287,500 to Gaston College to support Upward Bound Trio upward bound logoover the course of five years. The program is 100 percent federally funded; no non-governmental sources provide funding for it. Upward Bound is one of a group of federal TRiO programs that are geared toward student success. In addition to Upward Bound, Gaston College participates in the TRiO Student Support Service program, which serves eligible students enrolled at the College.

The Upward Bound funds allocated to Gaston College for this year will help prepare 60 low-income, first-generation students from Hunter Huss High School and Bessemer City High School for college-level success. Phyllis Davis-Brown is the Upward Bound project director at Gaston College. “Gaston College is so pleased to have been awarded this grant,” said Brown. “Upward Bound gives us the wonderful opportunity to reach out to deserving high school students in order to help them reach their educational objectives. We are currently in the process of processing student applications and we look forward to making our selections soon.”

Upward Bound participants will receive various free services to help them achieve their goal of earning their high school diplomas and attending college. The services include:

  • Tutoring and academic instruction in core subjects such as mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages
  • Assistance with college applications and financial aid
  • High school and college academic advising
  • College tours and visits
  • Study and test-taking skills
  • SAT and ACT preparation
  • Workshops and Life Skills sessions
  • Cultural field trips and social events
  • Summer classes on a college campus
  • Opportunities to meet new friends and experience new horizons

“We are excited to have received this grant and to be working with our partners in the Gaston County Schools,” said Dr. Silvia Patricia Rios Husain, Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. “We believe the program will provide needed resources and support for many high schools students to pursue post-secondary education and to achieve their full potential. We have a strong partnership with Gaston County Schools, and this program adds another dimension to this partnership.”

For information about TRiO programs at Gaston College, contact Dr. Husain at or 704-922-6217.

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