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Missouri State's Upward Bound Program Will Receive $250,000

Missouri State University will receive a quarter of a million dollars from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant is for the Trio Program, Upward Bound. KSMU's Jana Greer reports.

The program provides academic and social support to high school students who are from low income families. It's designed to assist students in completing high school and enrolling in college.

Susan Koepke is the Director of the Trio Program at Missouri State. She says the money will help provide for many things in the program.

The program is offered to high school students who attend Central, Hillcrest or Parkview in Springfield. There are currently fifty students enrolled, eleven of those students will be graduating this year.

Koepke says the program is beneficial to students because of the support the program provides.

Through out Missouri there are 17 universities with upward bound programs that are also being funded, helping nearly one thousand students. The Missouri grants totaled nearly 4.85 million dollars.