Campus: CSU, Hayward -- March 20, 2001
CSUH Awarded Federal Funds To Aid First Generation, Low-income Students

High school students from low-income families in which neither parent has a four-year college degree will get special help in preparing for college through $386,000 in federal grants awarded to California State University, Hayward for its Upward Bound program.

The university received three awards between March and September 2000, according to Wayne Kitchen, CSUH Upward Bound director. The funding includes $288,290 awarded for the initial proposal, $95,600 for two additional proposals submitted by Kitchen, and $2,023 in automatic supplements.

Upward Bound began at Cal State Hayward in 1990. It is designed to serve 65 participants who are identified as "highly motivated" high school students, who attend Southern Alameda County schools, and who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

"Access to universities, colleges and other forms of higher education is becoming increasingly important in the United States as economic, social and political equity become more connected with academic achievement," said Kitchen. "These government funds will help students stay in high school and get academically prepared for entry into a college of their choice."

The program accepts applications from students who are low-income and "first generation," defined as those from a family in which neither parent has a college degree. Eligible students are enrolled in grades nine to eleven and have demonstrated potential to succeed in high school and college. They are referred to Upward Bound through school administrators, instructors, counselors and community agencies.

The focus of Upward Bound is to provide tutoring, academic instruction, advising, career orientation, and the opportunity for educational development and personal growth within a college setting for students still in high school.

During the academic year, participants attend Saturday academic instructional sessions at Cal State Hayward. Tutoring services are available weekdays and Saturdays.

Participants also take field trips to places of educational, cultural and recreational value. They receive advising to help them define their education and career goals, as well as help preparing applications for college admission and financial aid.

During the summer Upward Bound students participate in a four- to six-week residential academic program at Cal State Hayward, where they have access to all the facilities available to regular university students, including sports, cultural and recreational events.

"The most commonly stated goal of the Upward Bound program is 'to increase college enrollment rates of low-income and first-generation students,' " Kitchen said. "We achieve this goal by including components aimed at addressing the range of factors that influence college enrollment.

"Upward Bound is one of the only documented programs that tracks the college entry and college graduation rates of its participants. Upward Bound truly changes lives," he said.

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