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Congressman Tom Reed announces that Cornell University is the recipient of a $270,227 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will benefit the Upward Bound program which aids high school students from low-income backgrounds and students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.

"We care about making sure that all students who want to, can attend college regardless of their background. This grant will help make higher education a reality for many people looking to go to college," Reed stated.

Upward Bound is part of a cluster of programs referred to as TRIO which is designed to provide services for students from disadvantaged backgrounds looking to attend college.

"We are thrilled to be awarded another five years of funds for the Cornell University TRIO Upward Bound program. TRIO works by providing help to students from low-income families, students with disabilities and students who may be first in their family to attend college in the form of tutoring, counseling, mentoring, help with college admissions applications and testing, and financial guidance. The grant we have been awarded will provide us the opportunity to change the course of the lives of the students and families we serve in the Groton, Newfield, Spencer – Van Etten and Elmira school districts," stated Jen Rudolph, Director of Pre College Opportunity Programs at the Association for Equality and Excellence in Education, Inc."

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