(June 2, 2017) -- Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) today announced two federal grants from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $500,000.00 to The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). UTSA will receive funding under the Upward Bound Program, which provides key opportunities for students to succeed in the pursuit of higher education. Upward Bound is one of eight federal TRIO Programs. TRIO aids students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities.
“Expanding access to education for young people of every background should be a top priority for our city and for our nation,” said Rep. Castro. “With this funding, UTSA will help young San Antonians achieve academic success that otherwise might have been out of reach. Grants like these help ensure students aren’t just prepared to gain admission to college, but that they’re also able to graduate and explore all the opportunities a degree unlocks.”
Upward Bound provides participants with fundamental support for pre-college performance, college entrance, and completion of postsecondary education. Upward Bound offers a variety of services, including academic tutoring and mentoring programs, to overcome barriers to higher education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
“TRIO programs like Upward Bound are an important resource for students from underserved and underrepresented populations,” said Darrell Balderrama, director of Retention and TRIO Programs in the UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives. “This grant will help counteract the barriers faced by first-generation and low income students who are interested in higher education. We look forward to continuing this important work in the San Antonio community.”
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The Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch brings together UTSA alumni and students to share a delicious meal as well as a roundtable conversation about how experiences in college carry us forward on unique leadership journeys.University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization.H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President. Pizza while supplies last.Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.Biotechnology, Science and Engineering Building atrium, Main Campus
The College of Engineering Student Council and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce host this fun and education event. Erika Camacho is the keynote speaker. Children and families are welcome.East Campus Parking Lot, Valero Way, Main Campus
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