A $1.3 million federal grant is expected to help dozens of Binghamton High School students get ready for the rigors of college.

The year-round support in science, technology, engineering and math will be provided through a Binghamton University program.

Organizers of the initiative say 60 low-income and potential first-generation college students will receive assistance.

Half of those students will have an opportunity to participate in a six-week on-campus residential program during the summer.

The extra help for the high school students will be made available through the Binghamton University Upward Bound math science program. Eleven high schools in the region participate in the program.

Sharon Bryant, an associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, will be the director for the grant program. In a news release, Bryant said as a first-generation college student, she has "a mission to prepare underrepresented students for college."

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