NMH Upward Bound is celebrating 46 years of service to our local communities. The program was awarded a five-year grant by the Department of Education in May of 2012 in an extremely competitive national grant process. Additional funding for the program comes from the Edwin S. Webster Foundation and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.
One of our 2012 scholars received the prestigious Christian Herter Scholarship, which is awarded to only 25 students across the state. The scholarship recognizes students who demonstrate strong academic records, community service, and leadership, and who have overcome significant obstacles. The scholarship will cover up to half of the student's demonstrated need at any college.
Upward Bound students have made impressive gains:
- 100% of the seniors achieved proficiency in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessments (MCAS)
- 95% of students showed an increase of at least 20 points on SAT verbal and math sections. Many students increased their combined scores by 150-200 points.
- 94% of students served were retained or graduated from high school
- 90% of seniors enrolled in a program of postsecondary education
- 93% of participants who enrolled in a program of postsecondary education during the fall term immediately following high school graduation enrolled for the fall term of the second academic year.
- Upward Bound Alumni are excelling in every field including engineering, computer sciences, transportation, law, education, politics, business, health careers, and social services.
- The Parent Advisory Council has raised over $30,000 to help students with scholarships to help with unmet need. Last year each graduate was given a small scholarship to help with college costs.
- Recent graduates (2006-2012) are attending many colleges including, Bard College, Middlebury College, Smith College, Simmons College, College of the Holy Cross, Brandeis University, Hartwick College, Loyola University, American International College, Springfield College, Elms College, University of Massachusetts, as well as many other Massachusetts state colleges, universities, and community colleges.
Every year we turn away up to 100 qualified students because of inadequate funding. Many eligible and motivated students who really need the services are excluded because of limited funding.
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