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Upward Bound program gives students needed lift

By Angi Nance
News Reporter

The UH Institute of Urban Education's Upward Bound program is working to help low-income and first-generation college students finish their high school education and receive a college degree in the fields of math and science.

Each year, 50 students are selected to participate in the program, which includes a six-week summer session on the UH campus, tutoring, field trips to other college campuses, museums or cultural events, and assistance in obtaining financial aid for college.

The program also gives students $15 a month during the school year and $15 weekly during the summer.

To qualify for the program, students must have completed the eighth grade, must be between the ages of 13 and 19 and must be in need of academic support to be able to pursue a college education.

Upward Bound is a part of the federal TRIO program, the goal of which is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in, and graduate from, college.

Students enrolled in TRIO programs mirror America's culturally and ethnically diverse society. Thirty-nine percent of TRIO students are white, 36 percent are African-American, 16 percent are Hispanic, 5 percent are Native American, and 4 percent are Asian-American. Sixteen thousand TRIO students are disabled.

Since 1965, an estimated 2 million students have graduated from college with the assistance and support of America's TRIO programs. More than 80 such federally funded programs serve students throughout the country.

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