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Upward Bound Invites Referrals for New Participants

092503upwardbound18_dl.jpgBOONE–Appalachian State University’s Upward Bound program is seeking community referrals of young people who might benefit from the program’s activities.

092503upwardbound38_dl.jpgUpward Bound is an academic support program funded by the U. S. Department of Education’s TRIO Programs division. It provides the necessary support for economically disadvantaged and/or first generation high school students to complete high school, enroll in college, and successfully obtain a four-year college degree.

Upward Bound activities include weekly tutoring, college entrance exam preparation, study skills workshops, and opportunities to enhance social, cultural and personal development. Upward Bound also organizes college and university visits, and in the summer sponsors a six-week, residential component at Appalachian designed to simulate a college experience.

Potential participants must be in the 9th or 10th grade in Ashe, Avery or Watauga counties or at West Wilkes High School, and be from a home in which neither parent has a degree from a four-year college.

Characteristics of Upward Bound candidates include those who have potential and desire to attend a four-year college, exhibit overall positive behavior, are taking college-prep classes, might not be achieving their academic potential or need help with study skills and time management.

In recommending a student for Upward Bound, contact Assistant Director Chuck Bowling at (828) 262-2846 or bowlingcd@appstate.edu by Oct. 8. Please include the student’s name, grade and high school.

For more information on Upward Bound, visit www.upwardbound.appstate.edu.

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Picture Caption: One-on-one counseling and tutoring are hallmarks of Upward Bound. In first photo, Assistant Director Chuck Bowling and David Reid, a senior at West Wilkes High School, review a college application. In second photo, Appalachian State University sophomore Ashley English assists Tommy Eller, a senior at West Wilkes High School, with his chemistry homework. (Appalachian photos by University Photographer Mike Rominger)