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Cal State San Bernardino’s Upward Bound program has been awarded a $1.25 million grant to provide a new math and science program to under-represented high school students in the Rialto Unified School District.

The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, will provide $250,000 per year over five years and will serve 200 students at Rialto, Eisenhower and Carter high schools, which is double the number of students served from previous years.

Stephen Villaseñor, director of CSUSB’s Upward Bound program, said that the 2012-2013 award represents an increase of $1,375,000 more than the prior project year and a 100 percent increase in number of students served.

According to statistics obtained from the Council on Opportunity in Education organization, of the 23 California State University campuses, only five others currently have existing Upward Bound math and science programs: Chico, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Pomona and Sonoma.

Out of 653 eligible applications submitted for funding, only 40 new programs were funded.  “That translates into a funding rate for new programs of around 6 percent, and San Bernardino was one of these,” said Villaseñor.

Only two CSU campuses, Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State San Bernardino, received new math and science program funding for fiscal year 2012-2013 out of all public and private universities in California.

“After learning how fierce the competition was for these UBMS dollars, we feel even more fortunate that San Bernardino was able to secure funding,” said Villaseñor.

The Upward Bound program is designed to provide support to high school students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, preparing them for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.

The UBMS program is specifically designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science, and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in these fields, and ultimately careers in the math and science professions.

The CSUSB Upward Bound program provides free services that include tutoring, academic advising, skill building, personal development and leadership activities. The program also arranges college visits and assistance with the college and financial aid application process as well as a Summer University Program intended to increase students’ academic strength and prepare them for college.

"Having this math and science-related grant is extraordinarily important for CSUSB's service area,” said Frank Rincon, CSUSB’s vice president of student affairs. “This program will increase the number of future college students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and these graduates will enter careers that will definitely contribute to the improvement of the economy and well-being of our region."

For more information, call (909) 537-5023 or visit the CSUSB Upward Bound website at

Written by: Precinct Reporter Group

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