Tester, Baucus announce investment in Montana students

Five Montana campuses receiving five-year student assistance grants

(U.S. SENATE) – First-generation and low-income Montana college students will soon have additional help to succeed in college, thanks to grants announced today by Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus.
Five Montana schools will receive Upward Bound grants designed to help high school students succeed in college.  The program focuses on first-generation college students, those from low-income families, and those students from rural areas.
The University of Montana, Salish Kootenai College, Montana State University-Billings, Fort Belknap Indian Community, and Montana Tech will all receive Upward Bound grants.
“The Upward Bound Program is about making sure more Montanans have opportunities to succeed in college,” said Tester, a member of the influential Senate Appropriations Committee. “This is a smart investment in Montana, and I will continue to fight for resources that strengthen the future of our state.”

“Investing in Montana students is an investment in Montana’s economy,” Baucus said.  “I’m proud that The Upward Bound Program will continue to provide opportunities for more Montanans to go to college.” 
Tester and Baucus sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee this year expressing their support for the Upward Bound program and maintaining strong funding for the program in the 2013 appropriations bill.

Upward Bound helps prepare high school students through a summer program where the students take classes on a college campus.  During a student’s college years, they participate in weekly follow-up meetings as well as additional tutoring.

The grants will be issued by the U.S. Department of Education and officials there anticipate the funds will be administered over the next five years.