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Sandburg Upward Bound Awarded New 5-Year Grant Cycle


Oct. 26, 2012
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College TRIO Upward Bound program has been awarded a new five-year grant cycle that runs through August 2017.


“Having the TRIO Upward Bound program funded for another grant cycle is a great accomplishment for this institution and for the community,” said Tony Bentley, director of TRIO Upward Bound at Sandburg. “The success of this program is directly connected to the support Upward Bound receives from not only Carl Sandburg College but from our partner schools, students and their families. TRIO Upward Bound is looking forward to serving students of the Knox County area for another five-year period and in assisting them in achieving their educational goal of obtaining a college degree.”


As part of the grant, TRIO Upward Bound will work toward achieving objectives as it works to increase student success. All TRIO Upward Bound programs nationwide have the same six objectives that they are working toward, but each program, based on target area and population research, establishes its own objective percentages in which it must strive to achieve. The Sandburg TRIO Upward Bound objectives focus on retention of program students, improvement in participant grade point averages, high school graduation, participant performance on state assessments, participant enrollment in college and participants’ success in obtaining a two or four-year college degree.


One hundred percent of high school seniors in the Sandburg TRIO Upward Bound program during the 2011-2012 school year graduated from high school and enrolled in college for the 2012 fall semester. The Sandburg Upward Bound program receives $262,500 per year from the U.S. Department of Education to provide educational, social and cultural services to selected Knox County students. The goals of the program are to assist students in achieving academic success while in high school, develop well-rounded citizens and assist students with their transition into post-secondary education, with the goal of obtaining a four-year degree.


Participants in the Sandburg Upward Bound program must meet program eligibility criteria and be Knox County high school students in the Abingdon, Galesburg, Knoxville or ROWVA school districts. Students must be first-generation college-bound students and/or meet income guidelines. The program is free of charge and typically serves about 65 students annually.


For more information about the Sandburg Upward Bound program, contact Bentley at 309.341.5448 or