Loyola Marymount University (LMU) has been awarded a $1 million Upward Bound grant by the U.S. Department of Education, university officials said.

The four-year grant, which amounts to $250,000 per year, will assist 50 Westchester High School students in preparing for college, LMU officials said.

Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income 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 post-secondary education, LMU officials said.

The program provides academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment and work-study programs are also supported.

Services are provided during the academic year as well as during a summer residential program to be held on the LMU campus.

“By reaching students early in their high school careers, Upward Bound can dramatically impact students’ lives, positively affect families and communities, and, in this instance, be a positive force in a high school,” said Elizabeth Stoddard, associate dean of the LMU School of Education.

One component of the program will use the City of Los Angeles as a classroom. The curriculum will facilitate experiential learning by integrating cognitive concepts with hands-on activities and experiences situated in the city, university officials said.

Upward Bound staff say they will work in partnership with participants, families, teachers, counselors, community groups and university faculty and staff to provide participants with services and meaningful experiences.

Funding for the Upward Bound Grant begins September 1st.