Upward Bound funds keep flowing to WNY colleges

May 21, 2012 Updated May 21, 2012 at 7:19 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by Allissa Kline

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May 21, 2012 Updated May 21, 2012 at 7:19 AM EDT

Five colleges in Western New York will receive a combined $2 million in federal funds for the 2012-13 academic year.

The dollars will support "Upward Bound" programs at Buffalo State College, D'Youville College, SUNY Fredonia, Genesee Community College and the University at Buffalo, according to the U.S. Department of Education's website. Upward Bound prepares disadvantaged high school students for college by providing academic tutoring, course selection counseling and financial literacy.

Funding is provided for five years. The average grant award totals $321,079 per year.

Local first-year award details:

• Buffalo State College, $402,047 for 2012-13 to support 90 high school students.

• D'Youville College, $249,975 to support 55 high school students.

• SUNY Fredonia, $357,518 to support 90 high school students.

• Genesee Community College, two $250,000 awards to support 110 high school students.

• University at Buffalo, $494,882 to support 110 high school students.

In total, D'Youville said it will receive $1.25 million over five years toward its "Upward Bound" programs. It first received funding to implement the program in 2007.

So far, the Buffalo college has served 77 students at the International Preparatory School in Buffalo.

In total, the department is set to award an estimated $324.9 million for Upward Bound programs throughout the country. That will fund 982 programs.

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