Cameron loses Upward Bound program

LAWTON--Upward Bound, the governmental program aimed at helping disadvantaged students complete high school, and gear them toward academic success in college, will no longer be offered at Cameron University.

Colleges and universities nationwide apply for federal government grants to fund the program, and this year, Cameron's request was denied.  Officials say it's another sign of how intense the competition has grown for federal dollars.  Around 60 students from Lawton Public Schools are wrapping up work in the final six-week session of Upward Bound.

University spokesman Jamie Glover says the school will continue to offer other programs that are similar to Upward Bound in an effort to fill the void.  The grants that fund Upward Bound are available in a 3-year cycle, and school officials say they plan to re-apply when that time comes.