BU students celebrate TRIO Day at state Capitol

For Immediate Release

Date:  February 23, 2006


BLOOMSBURG—Students from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will join with other college students from across the state to celebrate TRIO Day Friday, Feb. 24, at the Capitol in Harrisburg.

TRIO is a federally funded program that offers educational opportunities for low-income and disabled Americans. At Bloomsburg, it includes Upward Bound and Student Support Services.

Upward Bound, which provides instruction in literature, composition, math and science to help high school students prepare for post-secondary education, began at Bloomsburg University in 1978. The program is open to students enrolled in Berwick, Bloomsburg, Mahanoy Area, Milton, Minersville, Mount Carmel, North Schuylkill, Pottsville, Shamokin and Shikellamy school districts. 

According to Maureen Mulligan, BU’s director of Upward Bound, 88 percent of students who complete the program at BU attend college and 73 percent earn bachelor’s degrees at BU and other colleges and universities. A total of 774 Upward Bound programs operate throughout the U.S.

Student Support Services, which offers tutoring, advising, counseling and remedial instruction to students enrolled in 930 colleges and universities across the country, was initially funded at BU in September 1997. The program “continues to substantially exceed its performance objectives each year,” said director Theresa Bloskey.

For 2004-05, nearly half of students participating in the program achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and 95 percent of students enrolled last year returned to BU last fall or graduated, she said. 

While in Harrisburg, the students plan to tour the Capitol and speak with local legislators about their experiences in TRIO programs. 

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.