UCC Receives $1.5M Grant for Disadvantaged High School Students in Douglas County

Local high school students enjoying a mealROSEBURG, Ore., June 3, 2022 – Umpqua Community College’s Upward Bound program has secured funding for another five years to continue its vital outreach work targeting 65 area high school students. Total grant funds of $1,562,400 will be distributed annually in the amount of $312,480. This amount is up 14% from the previous grant award annual distribution of $270,375.

Upward Bound is a comprehensive outreach program that provides a multitude of academic resources to low-income students with GPAs above 2.5, who are the first in their families to potentially attend college. Schools participating in the program include: Roseburg, Douglas and South Umpqua high schools, and Days Creek Public Charter School.

The 65 student participants will receive benefits that include one-on-one academic tutoring, career and course assistance, college entrance exam preparation, financial aid planning, and instruction in core curriculum. The program also provides exposure to academic programs and cultural events, career exploration activities, paid work-study and job shadowing.

"Our team is really excited for this opportunity to help young adults overcome barriers to enrolling in higher education,” said UCC’s Educational Talent Search/Upward Bound Director, Mary Morris. “Most of our students are first-generation college-bound students and are often the first in their family to attend college. Working with students weekly and sometimes daily helps them develop the motivation, skills and self-advocacy that they need to be successful in life."

For more information, visit the Upward Bound web page.

About Umpqua Community College

Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities.


Mary Morris
Director, TRiO Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search
Phone: 541-440-7765

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