Alcorn’s Upward Bound program receives $1.8 United States Department of Education grant

One of Alcorn State University’s most recognizable enrichment programs for teenagers recently received a significant grant that would steer them into the future.

In May, the United States Department of Education awarded Alcorn’s Upward Bound program with a $1.8 million Educational Building Corporation grant. The program will receive the funds from 2022 to 2027.

Alcorn has received this second consecutive $1.8 million grant from the Department. The last round of funding lasted from 2017 to 2022.

Lucille Donaldson, director for Upward Bound, is proud of the grant because it shows that the program’s priority is sticking to its mission to serve the youth.

“It is a great feeling to receive the award,” said Donaldson. “I am excited knowing we can continue to make a difference in our participants’ lives by following our motto, Motivating and Cultivating Young Minds to Meet Future Challenges.”

Donaldson said the funds would enhance the camp’s resources to transform its students into well-rounded individuals.

“We seek to prepare our students for college by improving their knowledge in basic academic subjects like English, mathematics, science, reading, and foreign language. Group and individual counseling sessions are provided to improve participants’ self-image and self-confidence. In addition, the grant will help in providing educational and cultural enrichment activities.”

From being a student participant in the program to its director, Donaldson has seen the program make significant improvements over the years. She is happy to see the program continue to thrive and grow.

“Being a part of this program is a treasure. As a product of this program and now a staff person, I have experienced many enhancements of the Upward Bound program here. This program is one of the best for serving low-income/first-generation students. The program offers academics, love, and respect to our students and their parents. I am overjoyed to serve and impact the lives of so many students in surrounding communities.”