4 colleges awarded Upward Bound grants


WASHINGTON — Four Arkansas colleges will receive more than $1 million federal grants to teach students math and science skills, three members of the Arkansas congressional delegation announced Tuesday.

Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Lyon College in Batesville and University of Arkansas campuses in Fayetteville and Fort Smith will receive a combined $1,054,325 in Upward Bound Math and Science Grants, U.S. Sens. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., announced along with U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro.

The Upward Bound Math and Science Program provides services such as academic tutoring, preparation courses for college entrance exams and applications, and alternative education programs to strengthen students’ math and science skills. The program targets high school first-generation college students and low-income individuals.

Arkansas Tech will receive $250,000; Lyon College, $293,925, UA-Fayetteville, $250,000; and UAFS, $260,400.