Representative John Katko Announces Over $388,000 in Annual Upward Bound Funding For Le Moyne College

Funding Assists Low-Income and First-Generation College Students Enrolled in the Syracuse City School District

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced that Le Moyne College in Syracuse has been awarded $388,193 in federal funding through the Upward Bound Program.   This is the first installment of funding for a program that is intended to last five years, and will total just under 2 million dollars.  The Department of Education funding has been allocated so that Le Moyne College may continue providing Upward Bound services to 84 low-income, first-generation students enrolled in the Syracuse City School District at Corcoran, Henninger, and Nottingham High Schools.

The Upward Bound program provides enrolled students with academic advisement, tutorial services, mentoring support, counseling services, leadership development, parental and guardian support and engagement, exposure to cultural events and academic programs, college visits, and assistance with college admission and application procedures.  The Syracuse City School District is the fifth largest school district in New York State, serving an economically depressed city that experiences a high level of poverty.

Rep. John Katko (NY-24)

“We need to create strong educational and job opportunities so that individuals living in poverty can take steps into personal achievement and economic stability.  The Upward Bound program is critical to providing these opportunities for students in the City of Syracuse,” said U.S. Rep. John Katko. “I’m proud to have worked with Le Moyne College in support of this funding, and will continue to fight alongside our community partners to break the vicious cycle of poverty that afflicts our City.”

As Central New York’s Representative in Congress, Rep. Katko has focused intensively on the devastating rate of local poverty and the need for strengthening education through public private partnerships.  Through the appropriations process, he has supported funding for higher education programming.

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The Upward Bound Program is one of eight U.S. Department of Education TRIO programs, federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.   These programs are targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.  It also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects.

Congressman Katko represents the 24th Congressional District of New York, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and the western portion of Oswego County.  For more information visit http://katko.house.gov or www.facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.