Payne, Jr. Announces $3.7 Million in Upward Bound Grants for New Jersey Schools

May 26, 2017
Press Release

NEWARK, N.J. – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) today announced the awarding of $3,662,085 in Fiscal Year 2017 grant funding to New Jersey institutions of higher education through the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound Program for pre-college education programs for disadvantage students.

“For many low-income students, the difference between going to college and not going, or even between going and not finishing high school, is Upward Bound,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “The students who participate in these programs receive the academic instruction and mentoring often missing in their secondary education, and as a result, they gain the confidence and skills to further their education and achieve academic success. This funding is an investment in the future of our students and in the future of our workforce. This is great news for New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District, and for the entire state of New Jersey.”

The Upward Bound program was created in 1965 to provide low-income high school students and potential first-generation college students with academic assistance, counseling services, and cultural enrichment activities, with the aim of improving college readiness and success.

The breakdown of Fiscal Year 2017 grants for New Jersey schools is as follows:

  • Kean University—$299,143
  • Passaic County Community College—$257,500
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Piscataway)—$584,996
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Newark)—$257,500
  • Rowan University—$250,000
  • Mercer County Community College—$406,088
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark)—$257,500
  • Seton Hall University—$587,930
  • Montclair State University—$257,500
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark)—$503,928