Up and Onward: Bowdoin’s Secures More Federal Funding for College Access Program

Pupils from Morse Secondary School in Bath and Gardiner Area High School work with Bowdoin pupil Joseph Park ’25 (standing), a summer employee with Upward Bound

During this period, Bowdoin will receive two grants, worth more than $826,000 per year. One grant will help all eight high schools in Washington County, while the other supports students in central Maine, including schools in the neighboring communities of Bath, Lewiston and Lisbon.

“The Bowdoin Upward Bound program is a transformative experience,” said Bridget Mullen, who has led the College’s Upward Bound program since 1998. “When students and their families first enroll, they are often uncertain and very suspicious. about study costs Through the process of learning more about themselves, available opportunities, and scholarships, students discover a wide range of opportunities and the college program that is best for them.

Some students pursue career-focused two-year degrees, she explained, while others opt for four-year institutions. Nearly eleven hundred Upward Bound students from Bowdoin have graduated from college, Mullen said, while those enrolled in the program are considered to be four times more likely to obtain a post-secondary degree than their peers.

“Upward Bound is a vehicle for students and families to build skills, self-awareness, and a community of peers and mentors. It’s an honor to be part of the journey with them.”

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