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**For Immediate Release**
Federal Grant Amount Increased
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 08-15-07
by Laura Hays

Goodwell, Okla. — The Texas County Upward Bound Program operates on the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Campus and provides fundamental support to high school students, most coming from low-income families and families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The Texas County program began in 2003 following notification of federal funding. Because the original grant application scored in the top 10% of all the Upward Bound grants submitted, the grant was established for 5 years instead of the usual 4. When the grant was renewed, the total per year funding increased from $220,000 to $250,000. Even though the program was beginning its fifth year, the additional $30,000 was included, raising the total dollars available for the five-year period to $1,130,000 for a total of $2,130,000 awarded since 2003. The grant will fund an additional $1,000,000 for the next four years beginning in September of 2008. The Texas County Upward Bound program is a 100% federally funded program.

Participants in the program are encouraged to enroll in and graduate from college. Students are offered a variety of services including academic instruction, exposure to higher education and cultural events, information about college opportunities, assistance in preparing enrollment forms including financial aid, and taking college entrance exams.

For more information about the Texas County Upward Bound Program, contact Jonathan Hogg at 580-349-1042 or via email at ub@opsu.edu.

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