Marist Upward Bound program loses funding; students in Poughkeepsie and Newburgh affected

TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – The Upward Bound program at Marist College is reported to be ending after 50 years. Several sources have said that the program has lost its federal funding.

According to the current application on the Marist website, “Upward Bound is a Federally-funded college preparatory program, serving high school students in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District and the Poughkeepsie City School District. We operate an after-school tutorial program in each district and have a six-week residential program at Marist College during the summer.”

The Poughkeepsie college received funding for Upward Bound in the amount of $657,533 per year for 2017 through 2022. The money provided services for 147 students each year for the five years.

In 2017, the Upward Bound office in the Poughkeepsie City School District was closed. At the time, School Board President Felicia Watson claimed the office was being closed to provide equality. At the time she said “It’s unfair to other programs to give an office in the building to Upward Bound but not to them.” Since closing the Poughkeepsie High School office, program participation has declined.

When contacted on Thursday regarding the termination, Watson told Mid-Hudson News “I’ve heard that they (Marist) lost their funding” and she was in the process of seeking additional information.

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