May 31, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More Than $3.8 Million in Federal Funding for College Preparation Program

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin(both D-Md.) have announced $3,877,768 in federal funding for colleges across the state of Maryland to help underrepresented communities successfully enter and complete higher education degrees. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Education's Upward Bound Program, which provides preparation and encouragement for students to pursue education beyond high school. In total, nine Maryland colleges will receive grants.


Recipient Name



Hagerstown Community College



Frostburg State University



The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)



University of Maryland



Prince George's Community College



Morgan State University



University of Maryland Baltimore County



The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)



University of Maryland-Eastern Shore


"From our HBCUs to our community colleges and large research institutions, Maryland's schools give students the tools they need to enter the workforce and enjoy a lifetime of success,"said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee."These grants will help prepare high school students for the academic challenges they'll face in college, helping a new generation of Marylanders get the education they need for jobs that are in high demand."

"This federal investment in our young students will help ensure that every child - regardless of their background, family income, or zip code - will have the tools and encouragement they need to pursue and succeed in college," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. "Investments like these are a win for our students and for our economy, as they equip the next generation with the skills and education they need to secure good, well-paying jobs."

Upward Bound is one of the five TRIO programs that are designed to help students from underrepresented or disadvantaged communities pursue a college education. Upward Bound seeks to encourage low-income students, first-generation college students, students with limited English proficiency, students with disabilities, homeless students, students who are in foster care or aging out of foster care, and other disconnected students, in particular.