(North Canton, OH – Oct. 3, 2012) – The Stark State College Upward Bound Math-Science (UBMS) Academy has been awarded a continuation grant of more than $1.3 million by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant gives the Academy $262,500 per year for five years.
UBMS is a federal program designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating first-generation college students, helping them achieve academic success in high school; enter post-secondary science, technology, engineering and math programs upon graduation; and complete their higher education.
Currently, 65 income-eligible students in grades nine through 12 at Timken, McKinley and Early College high schools are involved in the year-round program at Stark State, which includes six weeks in summer college-level science labs, faculty mentoring and academic support.
“The UBMS Academy is essential in providing Stark County students the support, experiences and resources that cultivate success,” said Kendra Preer, PhD, director of Stark State’s UBMS Academy. “Federal funding for programs like these is an investment not only in these students, but in the greater Stark County community.”
UBMS provides comprehensive pre-college services including intensive instruction in math and science, after school tutoring, preparation for college entrance exams and information on financial aid programs and scholarships. Students also have access to Stark State’s labs, computer facilities and faculty.
The Upward Bound Math-Science program is now enrolling ninth and tenth grade students. For more information and a program application, contact Preer at 330-494-6170, ext. 4174 or visit www.starkstate.edu/ubms.
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