UOG Trio Upward Bound Gets $2 Million in U.S. DOE Funding


Guam – The US Department of Education recently awarded the University of Guam TRIO Upward Bound Program another five years of grant funding amounting to $401,953.00 annually for a total of approximately $2M over the five-year cycle.

“I would like to extend my appreciation to our staff members who contributed to the grant writing process and for achieving this successful outcome,” said TRIO Director Yoichi Rengiil. “We can continue to offer our services to the students who are most in need of support, and for that I am very grateful.”

The funding will allow the University of Guam Upward Bound Program to serve students at five high schools including John F. Kennedy, George Washington, Simon Sanchez, Southern, and Okkodo high schools. “We will recruit students who meet eligibility requirements and who are incoming 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders for the 2012-13 school year,” said Rowena Andrade Upward Bound assistant director.

TRIO is a 100% federally funded, nation-wide, non-profit program designed to assist students, who are first-generation college bound and/or from low-income households, in achieving both their high school diplomas and college degrees.

[TRIO Programs staff, students and administrators recently testified at Legislative Public Hearing to provide written and oral testimony in support of the continuation of TRIO Programs funding at the federal level]

TRIO Programs includes three educational outreached programs: Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Student Support Services.

For more information on the TRIO Upward Bound Program call 735-1992/ 2245.