Rollins Receives Federal Grant For Upward Bound Programs

Rollins College has been awarded more than $300,000 for programs that prepare low-income high school students for college.

Rollins biology professor Susan Walsh works with Upward Bound students to analyze DNA and its effects on metabolizing caffeine. (Photo by Scott Cook) Rollins biology professor Susan Walsh works with Upward Bound students to analyze DNA and its effects on metabolizing caffeine. (Photo by Scott Cook)

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy today announced that Rollins will receive $322,335 from the U.S. Department of Education to administer Upward Bound programs designed to prepare low-income high school students for college.

“We are deeply grateful to the Department of Education for the opportunity to serve students in Central Florida through the Upward Bound grant,” said Micki Meyer, Lord Family Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Community. “The Upward Bound Program at Rollins College is committed to access in higher education by providing selected high school students from underserved backgrounds with innovative curriculum, positive mentoring, and strategies for college success. We are proud of all of the students, teachers, and staff who dedicate their time and talent to making a difference and are excited to continue this important work through this new federal grant.”

Upward Bound projects serve high school students from low-income families and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to help more students complete their secondary education while preparing them to enroll in and graduate from institutions of higher education.

Murphy, a former Rollins professor who represents Florida’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced that the University of Central Florida also will receive $772,500 in funding for Upward Bound programs. Together, the two Central Florida colleges will receive more than $1 million in federal grants from the Department of Education.

“UCF and Rollins College already provide outstanding education to tens of thousands of Central Florida students, and I’m so proud to see they are doing more to strengthen the pipeline to college for students from underserved communities,” Murphy said. “These grants will provide UCF and Rollins with critical resources to maintain a full range of counseling and tutoring services to help students graduate high school and attain a college degree. As a firm believer in the power of education, I’ll keep fighting for investments that lift up students and put them on a path to success.”