The University will launch two novel Upward Bound programs with a new $2 million grant awarded by the United States Department of Education. The University will be providing one program for students at Thomas Jefferson High School and another program for students in the Rochester City School District who are interested in math and science.
The program is expected to give aid to at least 100 students, with roughly $500,000 annually, from low-income families as well as those who would be the first from their families to attend college.
The programs are multi-faceted and encompass a variety of tactics to keep students interested in college. For one thing, tutoring will be provided on a regular basis for a number of up to 100 students. The David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Science and Engineering has been enlisted to provide many activities as well.
In addition, residential programs can be pursued during the summer months by high school students. In this aspect of the Upward Bound programs, the students would receive aid in the form of SAT preparation and guidance on the college application process. These students will begin the program in ninth grade, and by 11th or 12th grade, they will be shadowing professionals and taking courses for college credit.
The ultimate goal of the programs is to instill a greater desire in the students to pursue higher education, while giving them the help they need to succeed.
“The University of Rochester is delighted to partner with the Rochester City School District to help more of our city’s students realize their dream of attending college,” UR President Joel Seligman said.
Both programs are expected to begin accepting applications by the end of this year and will notify students of their status in the programs by the end of January.
Smith is a member of the class of 2011.