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Professors awarded increased funding for TRIO programs

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blog- Wilson PictureTaJuan Wilson, director of TRIO Programs at Missouri State University, was awarded renewal grant funding in the amount of $236,925 from the U.S. Department of Education for the Missouri State University TRIO Upward Bound Program.

“Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree,” said Wilson. “The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.”

Upward Bound has been on Missouri State University’s campus since 2003. The program provides academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature and foreign language. The awarded grant money will provide tutoring, academic assistance and salaries for programmatic staff.

“It feels great to be able to continue to serve such a great group of students from Central, Parkview and Hillcrest high schools here in Springfield. I think I speak for my entire staff when I say that the work is incredibly rewarding,” Wilson said.

For more information, contact Wilson at (417) 836-3118.


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