New Sandburg Upward Bound Math-Science Program Accepting Applications

  Aaron Frey
  Tuesday, January 2, 2018 4:52 PM
  Campus News

Galesburg, IL

Applications are being accepted through Jan. 24 for students interested in participating in Carl Sandburg College’s new TRIO Upward Bound Math-Science program, which encourages students to pursue careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Students in the Abingdon-Avon, Galesburg, Knoxville, Monmouth-Roseville and ROWVA school districts who meet certain criteria to apply for this free, federally funded grant program that will serve 60 students annually. This is the first time Monmouth-Roseville has been included in the service area for a Sandburg Upward Bound program.

“This is the first program of its kind to serve Monmouth-Roseville High School, and we look forward to this new relationship between Sandburg and District 238,” Sandburg UBMS director Stephanie Woodard said. “This program offers a great opportunity for students interested in exploring STEM fields.”

The application is open to current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are a U.S. citizen/permanent resident, a potential first-generation college-bound student (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree) and/or meet federal income guidelines. Applications are available at each participating high school or online at and are due by Jan. 24. Students will be notified in mid-February of their status with the program, and programming will begin immediately.

The program stems from a five-year grant worth more than $1.3 million ($263,938 annually) that Sandburg was awarded in the fall. Sandburg was one of just five institutions in Illinois — and the only Illinois community college — to receive a UBMS grant.

The goal of UBMS is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science, earn postsecondary degrees in those areas and pursue possible professions in STEM fields. During the five years of the grant cycle, Sandburg’s UBMS program must meet performance objectives in areas of academic performance, high school retention and graduation, as well as college enrollment and completion.

“This is not a temporary commitment, but an established partnership with our students so we can share in their challenges and successes,” Woodard said. “The students’ dreams will become our goals, and we hope to provide the participants in the program with the necessary resources to make them a reality.”

Sandburg also hosts a traditional TRIO 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.

For more information about the Sandburg UBMS program, contact Woodard at 309.341.5272 or Interested students can also visit the program webpage at

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