US Department of Education Extends Funding for TROY’s Upward Bound Program

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The University of Troy’s TRIO-Upward Bound program, which helps students succeed in high school and navigate the transition to college, has been renewed for five years with funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

Upward Bound, which has operated in TROY since 1992, provides academic, counseling, social, and recreational activities designed to build the academic skills, motivation, and self-confidence needed to succeed in college.

TROY’s program will receive $434,765 per year from the US Department of Education for the next five years.

“Upward Bound is one of the oldest and most successful sponsored programs at the University of Troy,” said Dr. Hal Fulmer, Vice Provost and Dean of Freshman and Undergraduate Studies. “Ms. Bridgette Anderson and the Upward Bound team are making a real difference for selected Pike County students who might not consider going to college or university. Receiving this level of renewal is a tribute to the hard work every day to connect these high school students with opportunities for a brighter future, which includes becoming a student.All of us at Troy University benefit from the work done by the Upward Bound team.

The program serves more than 90 students each year at the three participating high schools in Pike County – Goshen, Pike County and Charles Henderson High Schools – offering academic, counseling, social and recreational activities designed to develop academic skills, motivation and self-confidence needed to succeed in college. Upward Bound programs are offered free of charge to students from low-income, first-generation college families.

The Upward Bound program has two components – one that takes place during the academic year from September to May and a summer residential program that takes place on the Troy campus.

“During the academic year, which runs from September to May, we provide academic support and guidance, career counseling and tutoring,” said Bridgette Anderson, Acting Program Director. “One Saturday a month, students come here to the Troy campus for a college day. We bring in community supporters to talk to students about the different career fields and options available to them, and sometimes we have representatives from campus organizations who come in to talk about college readiness and other aspects of university life. Students love coming to campus because for some, they have never been to a college campus before. The ultimate goal is to help them understand that college is a possibility for them and that they have options for their future. We want to provide them with all possible resources. »

Anderson said while the program focuses on students, it also strives to include parents.

“We offer workshops for parents on topics like financial literacy,” she said. “We want them to know through our programs that we stand up for their students. »

The school year component of the program concludes in May with an annual awards program where participants are recognized for their academic achievements and high school graduates are honored.

The summer program, which runs from June to July, brings Upward Bound students to the Troy campus where they stay in residence halls, eat in campus dining halls, and attend classes that help them prepare for the upcoming school year. This summer, the program offered a robotics class where participants learned different aspects of technology and coding, Anderson said.

“Upward Bound is very important for the personal and academic growth of students,” she said. “I see a lot of students who, when they joined our program, weren’t sure that college was for them. What we try to do through the program is to open their minds to the opportunities and possibilities available to them. Not every story is a success story, but there are many former students of the program I speak to who believe that without Upward Bound, they wouldn’t be the person they are today.

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