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Palau Upward Bound program gets US funding

KOROR (Palau Community College) — After nearly three decades of making available much needed after-school academic assistance to under-represented high school students in Palau, the TRIO Upward Bound Program at Palau Community College has once again been awarded in order to continue its services.

The U.S. Department of Education award in the amount of $1,781,750 will ensure that the long-running TRIO Upward Bound program’s legacy at PCC of helping under-represented college-bound students in Palau will be guaranteed for another five-year cycle.

Initiated back in 1983, the Upward Bound program’s mission remains unchanged: to provide fundamental support and opportunities for participants in order to succeed in precollege performance, and ultimately in their higher-education pursuits.

The 110 college-bound high school students who are enrolled in the program are required to take classes in core courses such as mathematics, English composition, literature, laboratory science, and foreign language.

Additional services such as academic tutoring, advice on college preparation and readiness, assistance in completing college admission and financial aid applications, and preparation for college entrance examinations are provided.

Furthermore, the services of the UB program, under this new grant, have been extended comprehensively to include such services as counseling designed to improve financial and economic literacy for students and parents, guidance on the assistance in secondary school reentry, and alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts.

For more information about this grant and other TRIO Upward Bound Program services at Palau Community College, contact Program Director Kuye Belelai at 680-488-2962 or email