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WASHINGTON -- Senator Pete Domenici today announced that universities and colleges in New Mexico will receive more than $2.22 million to operation Upward Bound programs to help disadvantaged youth access college educations.

The funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Education for Upward Bound programs sponsored by Clovis Community College, Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico Junior College, New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico. The award will allow almost 500 students to take part in the Upward Bound program.

"Upward Bound is a successful and effective program" Domenici said. "It increases access to our post-secondary educational system for promising young students. They are given individualized instruction and counseling to complement the university curriculum. Ultimately, it would encourage their continuation in school. I am very pleased that our universities have been given the opportunity to implement Upward Bound."

The following 2007 Upward Bound grants have been awarded to New Mexico:
  • Clovis Community College -- $250,000 to support 50 participants
  • ENMU-Portales — $348,146 to support 65 participants
  • ENMU-Roswell -- $296,327 to support 60 participants
  • New Mexico Junior College, Hobbs -- $250,000 to support 50 participants
  • NMSU-Las Cruces -- $384,472 to support 85 participants
  • UNM-Albuquerque -- $443,998 to support 125 participants
  • UNM-Valencia County -- $250,000 to support 50 participants
Upward Bound is a college-based program that provides academic instruction for low-income, disadvantaged high school students who are in the first generation of their families to consider going to college. During the summer, Upward Bound students live on the college campus and are involved in an extensive academic program with an emphasis on English, math, and science. Upward Bound has been found to significantly increase a student's likelihood of finishing college.

Domenici, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, has been a consistent support of the Upward Bound, TRIO and Hispanic Serving Institutions programs that are designed to help students, who might not otherwise attend a post-secondary institution, continue their education.