By Staff Originally Appeared in Ventura County Star

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded two grants to California Lutheran University totaling an estimated $3 million over five years through the Upward Bound Program, a federal TRIO program.

Upward Bound is a federal grant program that supports projects designed to provide students with the skills and tools they need to complete high school and pursue a college education. The TRIO programs provide resources and services to help traditionally underrepresented groups, including low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities pursue a post-secondary education.

“We are thankful that we can carry on our work motivating and preparing low-income and potential first-generation college students in Oxnard and Los Angeles County to continue their education beyond high school,” CLU President Chris Kimball said. “All of the nearly 300 high school students who graduated from our TRIO Upward Bound programs in the last three years enrolled in college, and we look forward to building on that success in the coming years.”

Sergio Galvez, senior director of CLU’s pre-university programs, said: “This grant will enable us to continue the programs that have become part of the very fabric and culture of our campus for the last 36 years.”

The grants were announced by U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Westklake Village.

“I am thrilled to see California Lutheran University receive this funding that will help them continue their work of making the dream of attending college a reality for so many kids in our community,” Brownley said.