Washburn University to help 60 Topeka High students with their academic journey


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – With a new $1.4 million grant, Washburn University will help 60 Topeka High School students pursue higher education.

On Wednesday, June 22, Washburn University said the US Department of Education had awarded it more than $1.4 million for a new TRIO Upward Bound grant. Over the next five years, he said the grant will increase his ability to help prepare area high school students for college success.

WU said Upward Bound provides foundational support to participants as they prepare to enter college. He said the program provides students with chances for success in pre-college performance and graduate school.

Washburn noted that Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent has a bachelor’s degree.

WU said the Upward Bound grant marks its first TRIO grant and was awarded through a competitive process among institutions with experience serving underrepresented students who are succeeding in college.

“When I found out I would be the first in my family to attend college, I was excited but also didn’t know what to expect,” said Sen. Roger Marshall. “The Upward Bound College Prep Program helps aspiring students today who find themselves in the same situation as me. Congratulations to President Farley and everyone at Washburn who worked hard to earn this federal award that will help Topekans succeed in their pursuit of an undergraduate degree.”

The University has indicated that the federal TRIO programs are outreach and student services programs intended to find and provide services to people from disadvantaged backgrounds. He said Upward Bound grew out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the War on Poverty and is funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

“Upward Bound’s goal is to empower students by helping them develop their academic skills,” said Jerry Farley, president of Washburn University. “This aligns with the founding principles of Washburn University and we appreciate the support in pursuing these goals.”

Washburn said her Upward Bound program will provide a wide range of services – including tutoring, academic and career counseling, mentorship and financial aid. He said he will also offer students a summer transition program and encourage dual enrollment where students can enroll in Washburn classes while still in high school.

“Across the country, the US Department of Education tells us that 84 percent of Upward Bound students who graduate from high school go on to enroll in college,” Farley said. “We fully expect to meet or exceed this standard with Washburn’s program.

“This Upward Bound grant provides another opportunity for Washburn University and its community partners — especially Topeka’s public schools — to create educational pathways that transform student lives and provide Topeka with its future leaders,” said said Alan Bearman, dean of library services and the project manager.

Topeka High School Principal Rebecca Morrisey echoed that sentiment and said, “We are thrilled to be working with Washburn University to help more Trojans explore and engage on the path to post-secondary studies.

Over the next five years, Washburn said the grant will allow it to serve 60 low-income and first-generation students from Topeka High School and help them enter and succeed in post-secondary education.

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