The Upward Bound program at Loyola Marymount University has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The program, which works to help low-income students graduate and get into college, has increased high school graduation and college enrollment rates among first-generation, financially disadvantaged students, LMU officials said.

The $1.2 million grant will support the program for five more years, officials said. This is the second Upward Bound award LMU has received from the federal government.

Upward Bound serves more than 50 students each year at the Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet (formerly Westchester High School), many of whom join the program as freshman and stay through their senior year.

Each year the students are given academic and college counseling, instructional and supplemental tutoring in all subjects, and enrichment activities such as trips to plays and museums.

Upward Bound includes a six-week residential summer program when the participants live on the LMU campus. During their stay, they take college prep and enrichment courses, attend financial aid and admission seminars, and receive tutoring and mentoring support from LMU students and staff.

Eligible students come from low-income families in which neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree, according to LMU.

Since the program’s inception in 2007, 49 students have graduated from LMU’s Upward Bound and 100 percent of seniors (Classes of 2010, 2011 and 2012) have graduated high school, been admitted to college and have matriculated.

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