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Rust College Awarded $1.4 Million Upward Bound Grant To Support Underserved Students

Rust College Awarded $1.4 Million Upward Bound Grant To Support Underserved Students
Posted By: Angelica Owens on June 02, 2022

HOLLY SPRINGS, MS - Rust College has been selected to receive funding under the federally
funded Upward Bound Program in the amount of $1.4 million over a five-year period. The
program will begin in September and will serve schools in the Marshall County area.
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college
entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college
performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school
students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither
parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which
participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of
postsecondary education.

“Rust College is pleased to have been awarded this grant,” said Vice President of Enrollment
Management and Program Director, Dr Jason K. Johnson. “This is the first step in rebuilding the
TRiO program here at Rust College.



It will allow us to partner with and serve local high school
students in their college aspirations.”

“We are excited to have received this grant and look forward to working with our partners in the
Marshall County Schools,” said Chief of Staff, Mrs. Tiffani Perry. “We are extremely grateful
for this grant, as it will provide numerous opportunities for Marshall County students to imagine
and achieve their goals of attending college and ultimately entering the workforce in their field
of choice.”


About Rust College
Rust College is the oldest most prestigious historically black college in Mississippi founded in
1866 by the Freedmen’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Offering degree
programs in business, education, humanities, science and mathematics, and social science, Rust
College equips and inspires students for excellence and service in their communities and
throughout the world. Located in Holly Springs, MS, just 35 miles southeast of Memphis,
Tennessee, Rust College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.

For more information about Rust College, call (662) 252-8000, ext. 4915 or
visit www.rustcollege.edu.
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