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California State University Dominguez Hills has received four grants worth more than $5.2 million to provide 240 local high school students with the resources they need to excel in high school and graduate from college, school officials announced Monday.

Each of the five-year U.S. Department of Education grants will support 60 students participating in CSUDH Upward Bound programs at five local schools: Carson High School, Gardena High School, Hawthorne High School, Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, and Thomas Jefferson High School in South Los Angeles. The grants will fund the programs from Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2022.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to deepen our impact in the schools and communities connected to this funding,” said William Franklin, vice president for Student Affairs at CSUDH. “Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science programs are some of the most successful … initiatives offered by the U.S. Department of Education. Even though the grants are extremely competitive, our campus has been quite successful.”

Upward Bound is a national college preparatory program specifically designed for eligible low-income and/or first generation high school students.

—City News Service

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