Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has granted continued funding for programs that support underserved students at three colleges in North Carolina's First Congressional District. The grants will fund Upward Bound programs at Elizabeth City State University, Chowan University and Wilson Community College.
"Upward Bound has enriched the academic development of many deserving students throughout the state of North Carolina," said Butterfield. "I applaud the Department of Education for helping our students secure a better future."
The U.S. Department of Education will award Elizabeth City State University $327,186, Chowan University $380,058 and Wilson Community College $295,574 annually for the next five years. The three colleges collectively serve more than 200 students through their Upward Bound programs.
Authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965, Upward Bound provides high school students from underserved communities with an array of academic and counseling services designed to help participants enter and successfully complete college and graduate school. These services may include tutoring, preparation for college entrance exams and mentoring.