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Federal funding renewed for special programs at PSU
Author: John Kirkland, Office of University Communications
Posted: May 21, 2012

Federal funding for two Great Society programs promoting higher education have been renewed for the next five years at Portland State University (PSU). Funding for both comes from the U.S. Department of Education.

The two programs are Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search.

Upward Bound is a college preparation program for low-income high school students. It includes tutoring, counseling, semester-long courses for high school credit, opportunities for work-study, and more. PSU has hosted the program since 1976. It serves more than 100 students annually, 95 percent of whom enroll in college.  More than half of them graduate college within six years.

The five-year funding for Upward Bound is $2,189,040, or nearly $437,000 per year, according to Phillip Dirks, the program's director at PSU.  The funding renewal for Upward Bound was announced this month.

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is designed to help students – mostly ethnic minorities --- access education and information opportunities. The Department of Education announced last year that it will grant more than $1.5 million to ETS for another five years at PSU. ETS serves more than 700 students annually, from 6th through 12th grade. Ninety-two percent of the high school students served by ETS since 1993 have enrolled in college. It has produced more than 10 Gates Millennium Scholars, three just in the last year. The Gates Millennium Scholars program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice.

The five-year terms for both programs run from Sept. 1, 2012, to Aug. 31,2017.

Both ETS and Upward Bound were created in the mid-1960s as part of Pres. Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty.

About Portland State University (PSU)
Located in Portland, Oregon, PSU has nearly 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. PSU’s motto is “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” and we provide every student with opportunities to work with businesses, schools and organizations on real-world projects. Our downtown campus exhibits PSU’s commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while sustainability is incorporated into much of the curriculum.