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USM receives more than $566,000 for Upward Bound

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USM will receive more than $566,000 to help area high schoolers become the first generation in their families to reach college.

The money is part of $2.1 million in funding to area colleges — Bowdoin, the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Farmington — for Upward Bound programs.

At USM, the money will help 127 low-income, first generation students from Massabesic, Sacopee Valley, Westbrook, Biddeford and Sanford high schools.

"Upward Bound and other TRIO programs are vital for students across our state, where we have a large number of first-generation college students," Senators Susan Collins and Angus King said in a joint statement. "This funding will help hundreds of students from disadvantaged backgrounds obtain a college education and unlock their full potential."

Read the US News and World Report story here.

Read the Sun Journal story here.