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IPFW receives $2.2 million for Upward Bound

Statement as issued Wednesday:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – At a news conference this morning (Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012), Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Chancellor Vicky Carwein and Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity Kenneth Christmon announced Upward Bound programs at the university have received $2.2 million in federal Department of Education grants.

In prepared remarks, Chancellor Carwein noted the grants are the result of the leadership and authorship of Ken Christmon. “Ken has twice been awarded the prestigious “Acorn Award,” which distinguishes him as one of the top grant writers in the Purdue University system. Ken’s efforts have worked to yield nearly $10 million for IPFW in grants and contracts since 2004,” said Carwein. Christmon said when these Upward Bound grants are completed in five years it will bring the total awarded to IPFW to $5 million.

At IPFW, the Upward Bound programs include TRIO Programs, which according to the Department of Education are “…outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRiO includes eight programs targeted to serve low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.”

At IPFW, the programs reach out to high school students, giving them the skills and motivation necessary to not only finish high school, but to also enter and graduate from college. Since Upward Bound came to IPFW’s campus in 2004, 250 students have benefited from those programs.

For more information on the grants and Upward Bound, contact Christmon at 260-481-6605 or christmk@ipfw.edu.

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