Grand Valley is proving its commitment to increasing access to education with the addition of two TRIO Upward Bound Math-Science programs to serve high school students in Wyoming and Detroit, helping them to strengthen their STEM skills.
GVSU now has 11 federal TRIO programs, the most of any Michigan college or university that houses these programs. When the two new Upward Bound Math-Science programs are operational, GVSU’s 11 programs will serve 2,483 people in Grand Rapids and Detroit. Grants from the U.S. Department of Education for Grand Valley's TRIO programs total $17.4 million over five years.
TRIO Upward Bound Math-Science programs serve high school students from low-income families and those who would be first-generation college students. Nykia Gaines, assistant vice president for federal TRIO programs, said the Wyoming Upward Bound Math-Science program will serve 60 students in Kelloggsville and Lee high schools. The Upward Bound Math-Science program in Detroit will serve 60 students in University Preparatory Academy, University Prep Science and Math, and University Prep Art and Design. All three are among the charter schools authorized by GVSU.