Hawaii will receive $1,390,999 to help prepare high school students for college, Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Senator Daniel K. Akaka, U.S. Representative Mazie K. Hirono, and U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa announced today.
Upward Bound Programs at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, University of Hawaii-Maui College, and Windward Community College will receive funding to support disadvantaged youth.
The money will be spent helping students from low income families, those living with disabilities, and first generation college students prepare for a successful collegiate career.
Upward Bound provides academic tutoring, advice and assistance, preparation for college entrance exams, and counseling.
"The college admissions process can be a stressful experience. Students are faced with the daunting task of taking the SAT, writing admissions essays, choosing the right coursework, and then figuring out how to pay for it. The process is that much more difficult for students coming from challenging backgrounds," said Senator Inouye. "The Upward Bound program prepares and guides these students through high school and beyond. I commend the Upward Bound staff at UH Hilo, UH Maui College, and WCC for their commitment to Hawaii's youth, and the future of our state and nation. "
"As a former educator, I know how crucial a solid education is to improving the lives of our nation's youth," said Senator Akaka. "The Upward Bound program has successfully created many opportunities for hundreds of Hawaii's disadvantaged students to continue their education past high-school, and ultimately obtain advanced degrees. I applaud the Department of Education's commitment to helping these students overcome challenging circumstances to make a better future for themselves and their families."
"From Weimarlyn Martin to Tyler Pitpit, Upward Bound students have shared with me their success stories and dreams of graduating from college. It's clear Upward Bound makes a big difference in the lives of many students," said Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee. "As a first generation college graduate myself, I know how daunting the idea of attending and paying for college can be. My experience working with Upward Bound as a UH Manoa student showed me the value of the Upward Bound program. Thanks to Upward Bound at UH Hilo, UH Maui College, and Windward Community College, students will have the information and support they need to be successful college graduates."
"Hawaii's Upward Bound Program helps our students from underserved communities prepare for college and their future. I had the opportunity to visit one of the program sites, and it's clear that these students are not only getting academic support and career guidance, but also the encouragement and self confidence they need to succeed. I applaud the Upward Bound staff and faculty for their hard work and dedication, and I thank the Administration for their continued investment in Hawaii's students," said Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa.
The funding comes through grants from the U.S. Department of Education's Federal TRIO Programs.
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