Nebraska Methodist College Awarded $1.3M, 5-Year Upward Bound Grant

The Nebraska Methodist College ( Upward Bound Program has been awarded a $1,287,500 grant by the U.S. Department of Education. This is the third Upward Bound grant for Nebraska Methodist College (NMC), which will receive $257,500 each year for five years.

Through the grant, NMC serves eligible students at Burke High School, providing after-school tutoring at the St. Luke Methodist Church Teen Center, mentoring, ACT prep, financial literacy training and college application and enrollment assistance. In addition, NMC hosts a six-week summer program with instruction in the core academic areas and electives, as well as a summer bridge program for graduating seniors to take college credit.

NMC served 61 students during the 2016-17 school year, and 100% of the program’s seniors were accepted and will enroll in college this fall. Since receiving its first Upward Bound grant in 2007, NMC has served a total of more than 550 students. Upward Bound program participants must be first-generation college students, low-income individuals or individuals who have a high-risk for academic failure and have a need for academic support in order to successfully pursue a program of education beyond high school.

NMC receives no other sources for funding for its Upward Bound program, and 100% of the U.S. Department of Education grant is used for the college’s program.