Awards and Achievements

Nebraska Methodist College Awarded Second $1.3 Million Upward Bound Grant in 2017

Published: Oct. 10, 2017

The Nebraska Methodist College Upward Bound Program has been awarded a second $1.3 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education, this time to fund an Upward Bound Math and Science project to work exclusively with Benson High School students.

This is the second Upward Bound grant for Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) this year. NMC will receive $263,938 each year for five years. Through this grant, NMC will serve at least 60 Upward Bound Math and Science students from Benson High School annually.

Through the grant, NMC will serve eligible students at Benson High School and will offer after-school tutoring through a unique partnership with City Light Church Benson. Other services offered include mentoring, ACT prep, financial literacy training and college application and enrollment assistance, college visits, and exposure to real-world STEM careers and lab science opportunities. In addition, NMC hosts a six-week summer program with instruction in the core academic areas and electives, as well as a summer bridge program for graduating seniors to take college credit.  

Upward Bound, a federally funded college preparation program through the U.S. Department of Education, provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. 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.

The goal of NMC Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants from the Omaha area complete high school and enroll in and graduate from post-secondary education programs. NMC first received Upward Bound funding in 2007. 

For the press release announcing this grant, click here.