WASHINGTON – Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $1,029,802 in federal funding to strengthen Maryland students’ math and science skills. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound Math and Science Program, which supports academic and career counseling to help students recognize their potential in math and science and prepare them to excel in STEM-focused postsecondary degrees and careers. The lawmakers fought for increased funding in fiscal year 2022 for Upward Bound and other federal TRIO Programs, which are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and support educational pursuits.
“Ensuring America remains competitive on the global stage starts with young students realizing their full potential in math and science. This funding will help students excel through training, research, and mentorship programs and empower them to thrive in higher education and in their careers. We will continue working to deliver critical funding like this to help our leaders of tomorrow’s STEM industries succeed,”said the lawmakers.
Recipients of the Upward Bound Math and Science funding include:
- $371,263 for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
- $360,938 for Frostburg State University
- $297,601 for Baltimore City Community College
The Upward Bound Math and Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of students through trainings, research, counseling, and mentoring. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in these subjects and encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees and ultimately careers in related professions.