BLOOMSBURG — The college preparation program TRiO Upward Bound at Bloomsburg University was recently funded for an additional five years by the U.S. Department of Education. The program helps future first-generation college students nationwide navigate the application process and supports them throughout high school.
Since 1978, the program at BU has helped more than 1,100 students. “It’s not just about enrolling, but persisting,” explained Kate Bauman, director of TRiO Upward Bound at BU. In between visiting college campuses, learning about financial aid and registering for the SAT, tutors work with students at their high schools to develop their interests and abilities. Graduates of the program return to talk with current “Bounders” and offer tips for thriving after high school.
Once the school year is over, students may attend the Summer Academy at BU. Participants take classes to improve academic performance and earn college credits. They also go on field trips, attend cultural events and participate in service projects. “This is my third summer as a Bounder,” one student explained. “I come back year after year because it is a fun program and it helps me in the next school year to achieve the goals I set for myself.”
TRiO Upward Bound at BU serves students attending target high schools throughout Columbia, Northumberland and Schuylkill counties. More information about the program, including student application information, can be found online at www.bloomu.edu/trio_upwardbound.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.