The Upward Bound program at McLennan Community College focuses on low income and potential first generation college students achieve their dreams.
The U.S Department of Education gave MCC enough money to continue the program for five more years.
The program helps about 80 students from La Vega, Waco and University High School every year.
Project Director for Upward Bound Patsy Jones says the program provides academic instruction, counseling, tutoring and cultural enrichment activities.
Jones says the $1.8 million will go toward funding that plus paying teachers and even giving the students a small stipend.
College freshman Ana Aleman is one of three in her family to take advantage of the program.
Ana’s older sister just graduated while her younger sister just got started.
The McLennan Bridges Across Texas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Pre-Alliance also received a grant, for $125,000.
It helps the same group of students transfer from community colleges to four-year universities.