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TRIO Upward Bound receives funding to boost summer program

TRIO Upward Bound, part of the Center for Multicultural and Educational Opportunities, received a Summer of Innovation Grant for $80,000 from the Idaho Out-of-School Network to provide supplemental funding for the TRIO residential summer school program at Boise State.

The grant provides opportunities to Idaho K-12 students for unfinished learning and to improve the quality of out-of-school time. The funds will allow the summer program to add a learning specialist, five tutors, provide 20 paid student internships and assist with travel costs to transport students from the Duck Valley Indian Reservation and Canyon County to and from campus.

The grant will also allow the Mentor Artist Playwright Project to return this summer. The project is a workshop series that brings a Hollywood director and their team to campus to teach students how to write plays and present them with Shakespearean actors.

TRIO Upward Bound prepares students for higher education through various enrichment courses at their home schools. The summer program allows area Upward Bound students to come to Boise State and stay in campus housing while they participate in educational activities, learn new skills and get to know campus.