Yuma, Arizona - Senator John McCain's office notified Arizona Western College that the college has been awarded a nationally competitive Upward Bound Grant from the U.S. Department of Education for $1,465,815 over the next five years.
The grant will fund AWC's Upward Bound (UB) Program, which serves 70 students annually at five high schools (Cibola, Kofa, Parker, San Luis and Yuma) in La Paz and Yuma Counties. The purpose of the grant is to help students succeed in high school and to prepare them for college entrance and completion of a four-year degree. The program targets students with college/university potential who are either from low-income families, or from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.
UB offers a comprehensive approach to promote success for high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment by working with students both individually as well as in groups through special targeted activities. Which include, but are not limited to, required weekly after-school activities, test preparation and tutoring on Saturdays, a six-week academic, residential summer camp offering a wide-variety of classes and a summer bridge program for UB high school graduates to assist students in making a successful transition into college.