EMU TRiO Upward Bound Program Receives Five-Year Grant Renewal


YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University recently announced that its Upward Bound program has received a grant renewal that will allow the program to continue to serve Ypsilanti students throughout the 2026-2027 academic year.

“We are thrilled with this news,” said Rod Wallace, EMU TRiO Upward Bound Program Director. “This ensures that we will continue to serve students and families in conjunction with local businesses, the city government, and Washtenaw County’s greater educational community.”

TRiO Upward Bound is part of a set of programs funded by the WE Department of Education which helps students who are looking to be the first in their families to graduate from a post-secondary institution. Through the efforts of the EMU TRiO Upward Bound Administrative Team, the EMU Office of Research and Development Administration and Engage @ EMU, the program will continue to provide academic support, career and college enrollment advice, and community engagement to the bright students of Ypsilanti Community Secondary School. EMU’s Upward Bound program has been in place for over 50 years, advocating for the children of Ypsilanti and providing access to resources for youth and families.

The University will receive more than $2 million to provide academic tutoring and programs, career and college counseling, and community engagement to Ypsilanti students over the next five years. EMU Upward Bound works in conjunction with Ypsilanti Community High School during the school year and offers a month-long residential camp during the summer for its students which includes workshops, college trips, and college classes. The theme for this year’s camp is “Family Reunion,” as students will return to campus for the first time this summer since the pandemic.

For more information, visit the Upward Bound Website.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves over 15,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, honors, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In total, over 300 majors, minors, and concentrations are offered by the University’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Company; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Social Services; and its doctoral school. National publications regularly recognize UEM for its excellence, diversity and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University’s website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU today.


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