HCC receives second Upward Bound grant

(June 5, 2017) – Hagerstown Community College recently received its second five-year Upward Bound grant, totaling $1.28 million, from the U.S. Department of Education. This grant is designed to increase the high school graduation and college completion rates of low-income, first-generation students. Through this grant, HCC will continue to work in partnership with Washington County Public Schools to provide students with the skills and motivation necessary to succeed in high school and college.

HCC’s Upward Bound program will serve 72 students annually from North Hagerstown School, South Hagerstown School, Williamsport High School, and Hancock Middle Senior High School. The program provides participants with tutoring services; college-preparatory workshops; academic, college, and financial aid advising; career exploration; leadership opportunities; college visits and cultural enrichment. The program also includes a summer academy on the HCC campus, designed to further increase academic readiness.

Upward Bound has been in existence since the 1960s. This grant award is the second time that Washington County has received Upward Bound funding.

Applications are currently being accepted for HCC’s Upward Bound program, for students entering ninth and tenth grades in the fall. For more information on the program, contact Kimberly Toms, Upward Bound Coordinator, at 240-500-2584 or kjtoms@hagerstowncc.edu, or visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/upwardbound.