Wesleyan’s Upward Bound Receives 10K

This year, Wesleyan lost its funding from the U.S. Department of Education to run Upward Bound, a program that seeks to offer low-income students weekly mentoring, tutoring, and other college preparatory services. Thankfully, AT&T came to the rescue with a $10,000 donation to keep the program running, complemented by smaller donations from local stakeholders. As Middletown Patch reports:

The biggest donor, AT&T presented a $10,000 check to Wesleyan on Friday to help run the program. State Sen. Paul Doyle helped secure the funding.

Sonia Manjon, Wesleyan’s Vice President for Institutional Partnerships and Chief Diversity Officer, took part in the presentation.

Upward Bound will serve 100 local high school students from low-income families about college application process, such as writing personal essays, preparing for SAT, and tutoring. Congratulations to Wes’s Upward Bound team for getting a big fat check from AT&T. You can read more about the grant here and here.

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2 thoughts on “Wesleyan’s Upward Bound Receives 10K

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    Dear Wesleying, please understand that the situation with Upward Bound is very difficult and complicated, and there are many factual errors here. First, the program cannot be and is not called Upward Bound, a trademarked name from the federal government, and is now called the Wesleyan Public Schools Collaborative. Second, it would be wrong to say that AT&T “saved” the program, since they are one of many grants that the program received (AT&T just wanted more publicity than the other granters, leading to this photo opp). The program is operating at a much reduced capacity than before and is still very much struggling to serve the number of students it once did (well over 100, closer to 200). Third, it should be noted that Wesleyan does not give any funding whatsoever to the program, it only houses the office and processes the payroll. Lastly, the future of the program is very much uncertain, because the program will now have to devote more resources into grant writing than before, forcing a staff person to spend much of their time writing grants, and not helping serve the students – this is a major problem with this new set-up, where inconsistent and unpredictable grants from private funders will be the only avenue for revenue that the program has, meaning it will likely never reach the same level of wealth and stability it had while it was called Upward Bound and was federally funded.

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