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Ohio University’s Upward Bound program will continue despite grant denial

Ohio University will fund Upward Bound, a college prep program for low-income and first-generation high school students, for the summer of 2017 after losing federal funding.

The university announced earlier this month that the program would be canceled because its grant application was rejected. An OU spokesperson said the U.S. Department of Education overlooked facts and figures when it made the decision to deny the university’s grant application, according to a previous Post report. The university is appealing the decision.

The program received more than $375,000 in grant money each year and served 100 students.

The $160,000 the university needs to continue the program through the summer will come from OU President Duane Nellis’ strategic reserve funds, according to a news release.

The summer phase of the program lasts six weeks. Students live on-campus and take academic, fine arts and study skills courses. There is no cost to students in the program.

OU’s Upward Bound students exceed state averages in terms of high school graduation, college enrollment and college graduation, according to the release.


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