NMC awarded $1.3 million Upward Bound grant

  • Date: June 6, 2017
  • Author: NMC Public Relations

NMC served 61 Upward Bound students from Burke High School during the 2016-17 academic year. NMC served 61 Upward Bound students from Burke High School during the 2016-17 academic year.

Omaha, Neb. - The Nebraska Methodist College Upward Bound Program has been awarded a $1,287,500 grant by the U.S. Department of Education. This is the third Upward Bound grant for Nebraska Methodist College (NMC), which will receive $257,500 each year for five years.

"We are thrilled to have our funding renewed by the U.S. Department of Education," said Kevin Bailey, director of the NMC Upward Bound program. "Our program offers vital services and instruction to low-income and first-generation students to ensure that they have the same opportunities as their peers to go to college. Upward Bound is an essential program for addressing the achievement gap that exists in this country in regards to the college enrollment rates of low-income students."

Through the grant, NMC serves eligible students at Burke High School, providing after-school tutoring at the St. Luke United Methodist Church Teen Center, mentoring, ACT prep, financial literacy training and college application and enrollment assistance. 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.  

NMC served 61 students during the 2016-17 school year, and 100 percent of the program's seniors were accepted and will enroll in college this fall. Since receiving its first Upward Bound grant in 2007, NMC has served a total of more than 550 students.  

"This grant will allow us to continue making a positive impact in the community along with our primary partners Burke High School and the St. Luke Teen Center," Bailey said. "We believe this kind of commitment to improving the lives of community members outside of our campus is essential to NMC's mission, and we're so excited to continue serving our amazing Upward Bound students at Burke High School."  

NMC receives no other sources for funding for its Upward Bound program, and 100 percent of the U.S. Department of Education grant is used for the college's program.  

About Upward Bound

Through tutoring and mentoring, Upward Bound attempts to increase rates at which its participants complete high school, as well as instill the skills and motivation necessary to enroll in, and graduate from, a post-secondary education program. Upward Bound program participants must be first-generation college students, low-income individuals or individuals who have a high-risk for academic failure and have a need for academic support in order to pursue successfully a program of education beyond high school.  

About Nebraska Methodist College

Nebraska Methodist College - the Josie Harper Campus, based in Omaha, has been teaching the meaning of care for 125 years and counting. An affiliate of Methodist Health System, NMC offers certificate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees both on campus and online. Nebraska Methodist College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.