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After considering several San Joaquin County schools, University of the Pacific selected Edison High School in south Stockton as the recipient of a sizable grant.
A five-year federal grant totaling $1.3 million through the Upward Bound project will help eligible students of Edison on a path to college education.
According to UOP, “the project will provide needed instruction, tutoring, advising and assistance with applying for financial aid and college to help students graduate high school, enroll in college and earn a degree.”
The Upward Bound program, the only one in San Joaquin County, will be administered through UOP’s Educational Equity Programs in the university’s Student Life Division.
“The Upward Bound program will give students the self-confidence and grit to thrive in difficult academic situations,” said Brian Biedermann, principal at Edison High School in a statement. “With the knowledge on how to navigate through high school and college, there is no end to the possibilities that these students will have. Partnering with the University of the Pacific and Upward Bound will literally make dreams come true.”
One of the factors in choosing Edison was the dropout rate, which was 20.4 percent in 2015, compared to 10.7 percent statewide and 6.5 percent nationwide.
More than one in three adults over the age of 25 in the surrounding area do not have a high school diploma, and 7.6 percent have a bachelor’s degree, compared to 31.4 percent for all of California.
“Our grant proposal highlighted not only the challenges these students face, but also the impact Pacific could make with the resources we can bring to the table,” said Patrick Day, Pacific’s vice president for Student Life.