Lourdes University Upward Bound Program

Posted Jun 18th, 2015 by Oriana Rife  Category: Education


The Lourdes University TRiO Support Services department is once again offering the Upward Bound program this summer to students enrolled at Waite and Woodward High Schools. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the program prepares high school students for post-secondary education.

Established at Lourdes in 1999, the program has assisted more than 300 students in grades 9-12 with 89% graduating from the program and their respective high schools. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Education awarded a renewal grant of $250,000 to the Lourdes University Upward Bound program. This summer, a total of 39 students are enrolled in the program.

This year, the program runs from June 8 through July 17. The six week program features several skills and learning sessions including a math, science and STEM appreciation day; communication, social and cultural enrichment components; a talent show created by the participants (July 10) and in the final week, an educational excursion to Philadelphia, PA.

“This program meets the needs of young learners and their families in our communities. Most importantly, it provides the participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to successfully graduate high school and enroll in college,” says Tonya Colbert, M.A., Upward Bound Director at Lourdes University.

Upward Bound, which was established in 1965, assists more than 40,000 students participate in Upward Bound projects around the country. At least two-thirds of each project’s participants must be both low-income and potential first-generation college students. Students typically enter the program in their freshman or sophomore year of high school and can remain a participant through the summer following high school graduation.

Projects provide students with a variety of services including instruction, tutoring and counseling. In addition to regularly scheduled meetings throughout the academic year, projects also offer an intensive instructional program that meets daily for about six weeks during the summer. The vast majority of Upward Bound projects are “hosted” by two- or four-year colleges.

Rooted in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, liberal studies, nursing, organizational leadership, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Center for Science Education & the Environment, and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at www.lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-885-3211.

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