Sandburg Awarded $1.3M Upward Bound Math & Science Grant

  Aaron Frey
  Monday, October 9, 2017 2:23 PM
  Campus News

Galesburg, IL

Carl Sandburg College has been awarded an Upward Bound Math and Science grant through the U.S. Department of Education to help focus and encourage area students to pursue careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The five-year grant, worth $263,938 annually for a total of more than $1.3 million, will serve 60 high school students in the Abingdon-Avon, Galesburg, Knoxville, Monmouth-Roseville and ROWVA school districts annually. The goal of the Upward Bound Math and Science program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science, earn postsecondary degrees in those areas and pursue professions in STEM fields.

“Receiving this math and science grant is an incredible opportunity for Sandburg and for the young people we serve in this area,” Sandburg dean of student success Misty Lyon said. “Investing in STEM programs and helping students develop an interest in those areas at a young age is essential for the next generation. This grant will expose participants to possible careers in STEM fields and better prepare them to enter into these majors.”

Upward Bound Math and Science services include summer programs with intensive math and science training; year-round counseling and advisement; computer training; scientific research; and exposure to higher education faculty who do research in math and science. Sandburg is one of just five institutions in Illinois — and the only Illinois community college — to have been awarded an Upward Bound Math and Science grant.

Sandburg also hosts a traditional Upward Bound program, which was first awarded to the College in 1999 and was recently renewed for another five-year grant cycle through August 2022. Together, these programs will serve 125 area students annually.

Students interested in the Sandburg Upward Bound Math and Science program must meet program eligibility criteria and be from select school districts. Students also must be potential first-generation college-bound students and/or meet income guidelines. The program is free of charge and serves 60 students annually.

For more information about the Sandburg Upward Bound Math and Science program, contact Misty Lyon, dean of student success, at 309.341.5422 or

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