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$662K awarded for Upward Bound

The Upward Bound program at Northwest-Shoals Community College has been funded $661,878 for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, according to information provided by NW-SCC. The figure represents an increase of 3 percent from the previous grant cycle, as awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.
NW-SCC is one of 17 college or universities in the state to receive the Upward Bound grant funding. NW-SCC houses Upward Bound programs on each of the two campuses. The Phil Campbell campus’ program is targeted to receive $380,668 of the total funding.

“The Upward Bound Program … (is) so important to the students we serve,” said NW-SCC President Dr. Humphrey Lee. Lee pointed out Upward Bound’s focus “to help remove obstacles toward a postsecondary education” – without which help, Lee said, “many students would not be able to realize their dream of a college degree.”

The program is aimed at high school students who will be the first in their families to graduate college and who come from lower income backgrounds.

Students interested in applying for Upward Bound at NW-SCC can contact Elizabeth Harris, Upward Bound Coordinator/Counselor, on the Phil Campbell campus at 256-331-6277.

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