Petition Closed
Petitioning Congress and 9 others

Keep Educational Opportunity ALIVE for all Students!

2,012
Supporters

A war is being waged on low-income, first generation college aspirants, especially in rural America. In the last federal Upward Bound grant competition, over 252 programs were defunded. My program was on that list, despite the fact that we wrote a STRONG proposal in collaboration with other Maine UB programs that WERE funded. Virtually NO STATE in the country was spared. In my home state of Virginia, SEVEN programs lost funding.

I am told that grant competitions are the "Luck of the Draw," with the diversity of readers. I cannot accept this fact. Opportunity for equal access to a college education should not be a game of chance. I can prove our program has been effective for the past 46 years. I am sure other programs that were defunded can make the same claim. One of the hardest things I had to do on Monday of this week is tell our students that we have lost our program. I can rank this among one of the WORST professional or personal days of my life.

I am not asking anyone to fight for my job or the jobs of my staff. I am asking that you fight for the bright and capable young men and women in your state who have lost a critical resource for reaching post-secondary education. For your convenience, I have included the full slate of defunded programs. If this bothers you 1/10 as much as it does me, PLEASE contact your Congressional delegation and ask them to contact the defunded programs in your state for their grant scores and readers' comments. I thank you in advance for any help you can provide by taking a few minutes to demand that the review process for these grants be examined and the US Department of Education be held accountable for its decisions. My very best to all of you...
Institution

State

* Indicates CCRAA

P047A070709

University of Alaska/ Aleutians Campus

AK

P047A070704

University of Alaska/ Anchorage

AK

P047A070506

Bishop State Community College

AL

P047A071137

Calhoun Community College

AL

P047A080741

Concordia College

AL

*

P047A070323

Enterprise-Ozark Community College

AL

P047A070473

George C. Wallace State Community College/ Hanceville

AL

P047A070226

James H. Faulkner State Community College

AL

P047A070836

Jefferson State Community College

AL

P047A080102

Spring Hill College

AL

*

P047A081076

Stillman College/ Tuscaloosa

AL

P047A070062

Cossatot Community College/ University of Arkansas

AR

P047A080723

American Samoa Community College

AS

*

P047A071069

Compton Community College District

CA

P047A070412

Napa Valley Community College District

CA

P047A081157

Rio Hondo Community College District

CA

P047A071080

San Jose State University Foundation

CA

P047A080951

University Auxiliary and Research Services Corporation

CA

P047A070713

University of California/ Santa Barbara

CA

P047A080449

University of San Francisco

CA

P047A070820

Yuba Community College District - Woodland CC

CA

P047A070708

Trinidad State Junior College

CO

P047A070334

University of Connecticut

CT

P047A070915

Wesleyan University

CT

P047A070805

National Council of La Raza

DC

P047A080266

Florida A&M University

FL

*

P047A070906

Florida Community College/ Jacksonville

FL

P047A070568

Florida Memorial University

FL

P047A070482

Florida National College

FL

P047A080516

Florida National College

FL

*

P047A080882

Miami Dade College/ Wolfson Campus

FL

*

P047A080562

St. Thomas University

FL

*

P047A080910

University of Central Florida

FL

*

P047A081175

University of Florida

FL

*

P047A070233

University of Miami/ Coral Gables

FL

P047A081021

College of Micronesia/ FSM/ Kolonia

FM

P047A070393

College of Micronesia/ FSM/ Kolonia

FM

P047A080861

Albany State University

GA

*

P047A070923

Georgia Southern University

GA

P047A071156

Mercer University

GA

P047A081077

Synergistic Youth Enterprises, Inc.

GA

*

P047A080509

Briar Cliff University

IA

P047A070320

Graceland University

IA

P047A070533

Indian Hills Community College

IA

P047A070182

Iowa Lakes Community College

IA

P047A080784

Luther College/ Decorah

IA

*

P047A070712

Northeast Iowa Community College

IA

P047A070688

Northeast Iowa Community College

IA

P047A080493

St. Ambrose University

IA

*

P047A080759

Chicago State University

IL

P047A071022

Community Services West, Inc.

IL

P047A070553

Governors State University

IL

P047A070554

Governors State University

IL

P047A070311

Highland Community College

IL

P047A080447

Home of Life Community Development Corporation

IL

*

P047A080662

Illinois Central College

IL

*

P047A071113

Introspect Youth Services, Inc.

IL

P047A080869

John Wood Community College

IL

*

P047A070382

Rock Valley College

IL

P047A070259

Rock Valley College

IL

P047A071078

Indiana State University/ Terre Haute

IN

P047A070450

Oakland City University

IN

P047A070137

Emporia State University/ Emporia

KS

P047A070054

Emporia State University/ Emporia

KS

P047A070637

Haskell Indian Nations University

KS

P047A080698

Kansas State University/ Manhattan

KS

*

P047A070626

Elizabethtown Community & Technical College

KY

P047A080029

Hazard Community & Technical College

KY

*

P047A081050

Hazard Community & Technical College/ Lees College Campus

KY

*

P047A070032

Murray State University

KY

P047A081158

Somerset Community College

KY

*

P047A070045

Union College

KY

P047A070365

Louisiana State University/ Eunice

LA

P047A081086

Nicholls State University

LA

*

P047A080919

University of Louisiana/ Monroe

LA

*

P047A090595

Xavier University Of Louisiana

LA

P047A070954

American International College

MA

P047A080546

Holyoke Community College

MA

*

P047A080317

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MA

*

P047A070231

Roxbury Community College

MA

P047A081089

Wheelock College

MA

*

P047A070237

Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc.

MA

P047A070973

Baltimore City Community College

MD

P047A080582

Coppin State University

MD

P047A081043

Latin American Youth Center

MD

*

P047A080040

University of Maine System/ Orono

ME

P047A081134

College of the Marshall Islands

MH

P047A080123

Alpena Community College

MI

P047A070750

Glen Oaks Community College

MI

P047A070133

Monroe County Community College

MI

P047A070274

Northern Michigan University

MI

P047A080364

Northwestern Michigan College

MI

P047A081042

Lake Superior College

MN

P047A070155

Harris-Stowe State University

MO

P047A070825

Hi-Tech Charities

MO

P047A080153

Metropolitan Community College/ Blue River Campus

MO

*

P047A070252

University of Missouri/ Kansas City

MO

P047A071200

Northern Marianas College

MP

P047A080593

Coahoma Community College

MS

*

P047A080579

Copiah-Lincoln Community College

MS

*

P047A070645

Hinds Community College/ Utica Campus

MS

P047A070058

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

MS

P047A070624

Chief Dull Knife College

MT

P047A080807

Flathead Valley Community College

MT

*

P047A070376

Montana Tech of the University of Montana

MT

P047A070378

Montana Tech of the University of Montana

MT

P047A070550

Bladen County Schools

NC

P047A080781

Halifax County Schools

NC

*

P047A090920

Mars Hill College

NC

P047A070739

Southeastern Community College

NC

P047A070561

Surry Community College

NC

P047A080974

Winston-Salem State University

NC

*

P047A080894

Turtle Mountain Community College

ND

*

P047A070838

University of Mary

ND

P047A070892

Northeast Nebraska - (University of Nebraska/ Lincoln)

NE

P047A071060

ASPIRA, Inc. of New Jersey

NJ

P047A070532

Camden County College

NJ

P047A070528

New Jersey City University

NJ

P047A080244

New Jersey Institute of Technology

NJ

*

P047A081031

Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, Inc.

NM

*

P047A080126

New Mexico Highlands University

NM

*

P047A080633

ASPIRA, Inc. of New York

NY

*

P047A080956

Boricua College

NY

*

P047A070570

CUNY/ Lehman College

NY

P047A080933

CUNY/ Queens College

NY

*

P047A070170

Houghton College

NY

P047A071149

LaGuardia Community College

NY

P047A080897

New York University

NY

*

P047A080971

Salvation Army Niagara Falls Corps

NY

*

P047A070476

SUNY/ Canton

NY

P047A071094

SUNY/ Fulton-Montgomery Community College

NY

P047A071039

SUNY/ Purchase College

NY

P047A080341

Ohio Wesleyan University

OH

P047A080498

Chickasaw Foundation

OK

P047A080500

Chickasaw Foundation

OK

P047A080640

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

OK

P047A080280

Connors State College

OK

*

P047A080149

Northern Oklahoma College

OK

*

P047A080161

Linfield College

OR

P047A070602

Portland Community College

OR

P047A080980

Educational Advancement Alliance

PA

*

P047A080075

University of Pittsburgh

PA

*

P047A091138

Bayamon Central University

PR

P047A080513

Pontifical Catholic University/ Arecibo Branch

PR

*

P047A070567

Universidad Del Este

PR

P047A070496

University of Puerto Rico/ Carolina

PR

P047A070643

University of Puerto Rico/ Cayey

PR

P047A071023

Piedmont Technical College

SC

P047A070905

Piedmont Technical College/ Rural

SC

P047A080811

University of South Carolina/ Upstate

SC

*

P047A070652

Voorhees College

SC

P047A071004

Black Hills State University

SD

P047A070114

Austin Peay State University

TN

P047A070300

Lincoln Memorial University

TN

P047A081167

Martin Methodist College

TN

P047A080059

Cedar Valley College/ Dallas County Community

TX

P047A070678

Dallas County Community College District

TX

P047A070896

El Paso Community College

TX

P047A070984

Midwestern State University

TX

P047A080852

Mountain View College

TX

*

P047A070034

Odessa College

TX

P047A070835

South Texas College

TX

P047A070523

Southwest Texas Junior College

TX

P047A070141

Southwestern Christian College

TX

P047A080909

Texas A&M University/ Corpus Christi

TX

*

P047A080472

University of Houston

TX

*

P047A080277

Wiley College/ Marshall

TX

*

P047A080843

Ute Indian Tribe

UT

*

P047A080932

Hampton University

VA

*

P047A070444

Norfolk State University

VA

P047A070284

Old Dominion University

VA

P047A081139

Rappahannock Community College

VA

P047A071165

Roanoke College

VA

P047A070245

Saint Paul's College

VA

P047A080808

Tidewater Community College

VA

*

P047A080901

Tidewater Community College (Portsmouth)

VA

*

P047A081146

University of the Virgin Islands

VI

*

P047A080361

North Seattle Community College

WA

*

P047A081148

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

WI

*

P047A080996

Fox Cities Rotary Multicultural Center

WI

*

P047A070717

Milwaukee School of Engineering

WI

P047A080701

Moraine Park Technical College District

WI

*

P047A080030

Northland College

WI

*

P047A080353

OIC of Racine County, Inc.

WI

*

P047A070395

St. Norbert College

WI

P047A070152

University of Wisconsin Colleges/ Madison

WI

P047A080148

University of Wisconsin/ Stevens Point

WI

P047A070340

University of Wisconsin/ Stout

WI

P047A080275

Potomac State College/ West Virginia University

WV

Letter to
Congress
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
and 7 others
Representative Chellie Pingree
Senator Jon Tester
Senator Susan Collins
Senator Angus King
Senator Tom Harkin
Representative Michael Michaud
President of the United States
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Congress.

----------------
Fund Down the Slate for the Upward Bound Grant Competition

A war is being waged on low-income, first generation college aspirants, especially in rural America. In the last federal Upward Bound grant competition, over 252 programs were defunded. My program was on that list, despite the fact that we wrote a STRONG proposal in collaboration with other Maine UB programs that WERE funded. Virtually NO STATE in the country was spared. In my home state of Virginia, SEVEN programs lost funding.

I am told that grant competitions are the "Luck of the Draw," with the diversity of readers. I cannot accept this fact. Opportunity for equal access to a college education should not be a game of chance. I can prove our program has been effective for the past 46 years. I am sure other programs that were defunded can make the same claim. One of the hardest things I had to do on Monday of this week is tell our students that we have lost our program. I can rank this among one of the WORST professional or personal days of my life.

I am not asking anyone to fight for my job or the job of my staff. I am asking that you fight for the bright and capable young men and women in your state who have lost a critical resource for reaching post-secondary education. For your convenience, I have included the full slate of defunded programs. If this bothers you 1/10 as much as it does me, PLEASE contact your Congressional delegation and ask them to contact the defunded programs in your state for their grant scores and readers' comments. I thank you in advance for any help you can provide by taking a few minutes to demand that the review process for these grants be examined and the US Department of Education be held accountable for its decisions. My very best to all of you...
Institution

State

* Indicates CCRAA

P047A070709

University of Alaska/ Aleutians Campus

AK

P047A070704

University of Alaska/ Anchorage

AK

P047A070506

Bishop State Community College

AL

P047A071137

Calhoun Community College

AL

P047A080741

Concordia College

AL

*

P047A070323

Enterprise-Ozark Community College

AL

P047A070473

George C. Wallace State Community College/ Hanceville

AL

P047A070226

James H. Faulkner State Community College

AL

P047A070836

Jefferson State Community College

AL

P047A080102

Spring Hill College

AL

*

P047A081076

Stillman College/ Tuscaloosa

AL

P047A070062

Cossatot Community College/ University of Arkansas

AR

P047A080723

American Samoa Community College

AS

*

P047A071069

Compton Community College District

CA

P047A070412

Napa Valley Community College District

CA

P047A081157

Rio Hondo Community College District

CA

P047A071080

San Jose State University Foundation

CA

P047A080951

University Auxiliary and Research Services Corporation

CA

P047A070713

University of California/ Santa Barbara

CA

P047A080449

University of San Francisco

CA

P047A070820

Yuba Community College District - Woodland CC

CA

P047A070708

Trinidad State Junior College

CO

P047A070334

University of Connecticut

CT

P047A070915

Wesleyan University

CT

P047A070805

National Council of La Raza

DC

P047A080266

Florida A&M University

FL

*

P047A070906

Florida Community College/ Jacksonville

FL

P047A070568

Florida Memorial University

FL

P047A070482

Florida National College

FL

P047A080516

Florida National College

FL

*

P047A080882

Miami Dade College/ Wolfson Campus

FL

*

P047A080562

St. Thomas University

FL

*

P047A080910

University of Central Florida

FL

*

P047A081175

University of Florida

FL

*

P047A070233

University of Miami/ Coral Gables

FL

P047A081021

College of Micronesia/ FSM/ Kolonia

FM

P047A070393

College of Micronesia/ FSM/ Kolonia

FM

P047A080861

Albany State University

GA

*

P047A070923

Georgia Southern University

GA

P047A071156

Mercer University

GA

P047A081077

Synergistic Youth Enterprises, Inc.

GA

*

P047A080509

Briar Cliff University

IA

P047A070320

Graceland University

IA

P047A070533

Indian Hills Community College

IA

P047A070182

Iowa Lakes Community College

IA

P047A080784

Luther College/ Decorah

IA

*

P047A070712

Northeast Iowa Community College

IA

P047A070688

Northeast Iowa Community College

IA

P047A080493

St. Ambrose University

IA

*

P047A080759

Chicago State University

IL

P047A071022

Community Services West, Inc.

IL

P047A070553

Governors State University

IL

P047A070554

Governors State University

IL

P047A070311

Highland Community College

IL

P047A080447

Home of Life Community Development Corporation

IL

*

P047A080662

Illinois Central College

IL

*

P047A071113

Introspect Youth Services, Inc.

IL

P047A080869

John Wood Community College

IL

*

P047A070382

Rock Valley College

IL

P047A070259

Rock Valley College

IL

P047A071078

Indiana State University/ Terre Haute

IN

P047A070450

Oakland City University

IN

P047A070137

Emporia State University/ Emporia

KS

P047A070054

Emporia State University/ Emporia

KS

P047A070637

Haskell Indian Nations University

KS

P047A080698

Kansas State University/ Manhattan

KS

*

P047A070626

Elizabethtown Community & Technical College

KY

P047A080029

Hazard Community & Technical College

KY

*

P047A081050

Hazard Community & Technical College/ Lees College Campus

KY

*

P047A070032

Murray State University

KY

P047A081158

Somerset Community College

KY

*

P047A070045

Union College

KY

P047A070365

Louisiana State University/ Eunice

LA

P047A081086

Nicholls State University

LA

*

P047A080919

University of Louisiana/ Monroe

LA

*

P047A090595

Xavier University Of Louisiana

LA

P047A070954

American International College

MA

P047A080546

Holyoke Community College

MA

*

P047A080317

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MA

*

P047A070231

Roxbury Community College

MA

P047A081089

Wheelock College

MA

*

P047A070237

Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc.

MA

P047A070973

Baltimore City Community College

MD

P047A080582

Coppin State University

MD

P047A081043

Latin American Youth Center

MD

*

P047A080040

University of Maine System/ Orono

ME

P047A081134

College of the Marshall Islands

MH

P047A080123

Alpena Community College

MI

P047A070750

Glen Oaks Community College

MI

P047A070133

Monroe County Community College

MI

P047A070274

Northern Michigan University

MI

P047A080364

Northwestern Michigan College

MI

P047A081042

Lake Superior College

MN

P047A070155

Harris-Stowe State University

MO

P047A070825

Hi-Tech Charities

MO

P047A080153

Metropolitan Community College/ Blue River Campus

MO

*

P047A070252

University of Missouri/ Kansas City

MO

P047A071200

Northern Marianas College

MP

P047A080593

Coahoma Community College

MS

*

P047A080579

Copiah-Lincoln Community College

MS

*

P047A070645

Hinds Community College/ Utica Campus

MS

P047A070058

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

MS

P047A070624

Chief Dull Knife College

MT

P047A080807

Flathead Valley Community College

MT

*

P047A070376

Montana Tech of the University of Montana

MT

P047A070378

Montana Tech of the University of Montana

MT

P047A070550

Bladen County Schools

NC

P047A080781

Halifax County Schools

NC

*

P047A090920

Mars Hill College

NC

P047A070739

Southeastern Community College

NC

P047A070561

Surry Community College

NC

P047A080974

Winston-Salem State University

NC

*

P047A080894

Turtle Mountain Community College

ND

*

P047A070838

University of Mary

ND

P047A070892

Northeast Nebraska - (University of Nebraska/ Lincoln)

NE

P047A071060

ASPIRA, Inc. of New Jersey

NJ

P047A070532

Camden County College

NJ

P047A070528

New Jersey City University

NJ

P047A080244

New Jersey Institute of Technology

NJ

*

P047A081031

Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, Inc.

NM

*

P047A080126

New Mexico Highlands University

NM

*

P047A080633

ASPIRA, Inc. of New York

NY

*

P047A080956

Boricua College

NY

*

P047A070570

CUNY/ Lehman College

NY

P047A080933

CUNY/ Queens College

NY

*

P047A070170

Houghton College

NY

P047A071149

LaGuardia Community College

NY

P047A080897

New York University

NY

*

P047A080971

Salvation Army Niagara Falls Corps

NY

*

P047A070476

SUNY/ Canton

NY

P047A071094

SUNY/ Fulton-Montgomery Community College

NY

P047A071039

SUNY/ Purchase College

NY

P047A080341

Ohio Wesleyan University

OH

P047A080498

Chickasaw Foundation

OK

P047A080500

Chickasaw Foundation

OK

P047A080640

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

OK

P047A080280

Connors State College

OK

*

P047A080149

Northern Oklahoma College

OK

*

P047A080161

Linfield College

OR

P047A070602

Portland Community College

OR

P047A080980

Educational Advancement Alliance

PA

*

P047A080075

University of Pittsburgh

PA

*

P047A091138

Bayamon Central University

PR

P047A080513

Pontifical Catholic University/ Arecibo Branch

PR

*

P047A070567

Universidad Del Este

PR

P047A070496

University of Puerto Rico/ Carolina

PR

P047A070643

University of Puerto Rico/ Cayey

PR

P047A071023

Piedmont Technical College

SC

P047A070905

Piedmont Technical College/ Rural

SC

P047A080811

University of South Carolina/ Upstate

SC

*

P047A070652

Voorhees College

SC

P047A071004

Black Hills State University

SD

P047A070114

Austin Peay State University

TN

P047A070300

Lincoln Memorial University

TN

P047A081167

Martin Methodist College

TN

P047A080059

Cedar Valley College/ Dallas County Community

TX

P047A070678

Dallas County Community College District

TX

P047A070896

El Paso Community College

TX

P047A070984

Midwestern State University

TX

P047A080852

Mountain View College

TX

*

P047A070034

Odessa College

TX

P047A070835

South Texas College

TX

P047A070523

Southwest Texas Junior College

TX

P047A070141

Southwestern Christian College

TX

P047A080909

Texas A&M University/ Corpus Christi

TX

*

P047A080472

University of Houston

TX

*

P047A080277

Wiley College/ Marshall

TX

*

P047A080843

Ute Indian Tribe

UT

*

P047A080932

Hampton University

VA

*

P047A070444

Norfolk State University

VA

P047A070284

Old Dominion University

VA

P047A081139

Rappahannock Community College

VA

P047A071165

Roanoke College

VA

P047A070245

Saint Paul's College

VA

P047A080808

Tidewater Community College

VA

*

P047A080901

Tidewater Community College (Portsmouth)

VA

*

P047A081146

University of the Virgin Islands

VI

*

P047A080361

North Seattle Community College

WA

*

P047A081148

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

WI

*

P047A080996

Fox Cities Rotary Multicultural Center

WI

*

P047A070717

Milwaukee School of Engineering

WI

P047A080701

Moraine Park Technical College District

WI

*

P047A080030

Northland College

WI

*

P047A080353

OIC of Racine County, Inc.

WI

*

P047A070395

St. Norbert College

WI

P047A070152

University of Wisconsin Colleges/ Madison

WI

P047A080148

University of Wisconsin/ Stevens Point

WI

P047A070340

University of Wisconsin/ Stout

WI

P047A080275

Potomac State College/ West Virginia University

WV
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Sincerely,