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UGA TRIO programs receive more than $4 million to support students

The McNair Scholars attended the UMBC annual McNair Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. (Submitted photo)

The University of Georgia received three federal grants totaling more than $850,000 for a five-year period totaling $4.25 million from the U.S. Department of Education for the continuation of the TRIO Upward Bound Classic, TRIO Upward Bound Math & Science and TRIO McNair Scholars Program.

The Upward Bound Programs support 210 eligible students in eight counties: Clarke, Banks, Jackson, Madison, Oglethorpe, Washington, Lincoln, and Greene. UGA’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program serves 25 UGA students in preparation for doctoral programs.

“The many benefits for thousands of students at UGA and in northeast Georgia through UGA TRIO is life-changing,” said Sherontae Maxwell, assistant director for access within the Division of Academic Enhancement. “We are honored and so excited to have the opportunity to continue serving students.”

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to prepare students to enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. The program serves high school students from low-income families and families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree and supports participants with academic tutoring, postsecondary education counseling, financial aid information and other support in their preparation for college entrance.

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is based at institutions of higher education and provides students with opportunities for research or other scholarly activities, such as summer internships and seminars. McNair-funded initiatives also prepare students for doctoral study through tutoring, academic counseling and assistance with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. McNair projects may also provide services designed to improve financial and economic literacy of students, mentoring programs and exposure to cultural events and academic programs not usually available to students facing institutional and economic barriers.

All of UGA’s TRIO programs are administered within the Division of Academic Enhancement, which is a subunit of the Office of Instruction.