September 08, 2017

Students work in a classroom. Detroit Mercy has been selected to receive a U.S. Department of Education Upward Bound grant.Detroit Mercy has been selected to receive a U.S. Department of Education Upward Bound grant of $1.3 million over five years.

The university’s first-ever Upward Bound grant will assist 60 students annually from two high schools of the Detroit Community Public Schools to prepare for college. The nationally-recognized federal program began in 1965 to increase the college opportunities of varied groups of secondary students.

Students in grades 9 through 11 from Osborn High School and the Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men will be chosen to participate. The schools were selected based on their location and the percentage of students eligible for the program.

During the school year, participants will have weekly instructional contact with certified teachers and peer coaches/tutors. In the summer, students will participate in a six-week program that will give the students supplemental instruction in mathematics, laboratory science, foreign languages, composition and literature.

Additionally, students will be involved in cultural experiences such as museum visits and theater performances. They will also receive assistance with the college application process as well as information about financial aid. Detroit Mercy faculty will expose them to a variety of disciplines and career options, and they will be able to earn college credit while still in high school through Detroit Mercy’s dual enrollment program. Pamela Rhoades Todd, Detroit Mercy’s director of Pre-College Programs, will coordinate the Upward Bound program. 

“Detroit Mercy’s selection for this important grant reinforces our commitment to the youth of the Detroit Community Public Schools,” said President Antoine M. Garibaldi. “As a former Upward Bound teacher, I know personally that these students’ chances for attending college will be increased significantly.” 

A parental component will allow family members to attend monthly sessions on a variety of topics related to the objectives for student participants. This provides valuable information while creating a community of support for students.

While this is Detroit Mercy’s first Upward Bound grant, the University was also awarded a first-ever Student Support Services grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2015 through a national competition. The Student Support Services grant supports eligible students who are economically disadvantaged and/or first generation students, as well as students with disabilities.

For more information about the Upward Bound program, please call Todd at 313-993-3374 or