University of Michigan-Dearborn has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement a math and science program for underrepresented youth. The Office of Enrollment Management and Student Life (EMSL) recently received a five-year renewable federal grant to implement an Upward Bound Math and Science Program, which encourages high school students to develop their potential to excel in math and science and to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Assistant Director for Outreach Programs Perry Boyd II, who worked to bring the program to campus, said the grant will allow the university to work with an additional 60 local youth. Boyd, who will serve as director for the program, was notified of the award in November. “The university has a vision of metropolitan impact, so we need to be out in the community making that impact, that positive change,” he said. “Most of UM-Dearborn’s students come from the southeast Michigan region and this grant gives us an opportunity to engage with local high school students to better prepare them for higher education and career opportunities.”