Recent Successes

NMH Upward Bound is celebrating 50 years of service to our local communities.

The program was awarded a five-year grant by the Department of Education in June of 2017 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.

Upward Bound students have made impressive gains:

  • 100% of the 2015 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.
  • Parents/guardians have helped raise more than $30,000 to help with unmet need. Last year each graduate was given a small scholarship to help with college costs.
  • Recent graduates (2006-2016) are attending many colleges including Wesleyan University, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Dartmouth College, Brandeis University, Wheaton College, Western New England University, Mount Holyoke College, Ithaca College, Bennington College, DePauw University, and UMass-Amherst, as well as many other Massachusetts state colleges, universities, and community colleges.

Every year we turn away many 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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