BU’s TRiO Upward Bound program celebrates 30 years

For immediate release: October 21, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — TRiO Upward Bound at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, a college access program for first-generation students, is commemorating its 30th year of preparing high school students for success in college, graduate schools and careers.

TRiO Upward Bound is a grant program developed after the passage of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, TRiO gives teenagers equal opportunities and preparation to attend post-secondary education.

The program at BU supports nine area high schools and is funded to serve 90 students. Students receive help with college enrollment, retention, improvement in high school, preparation for the SAT and the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), tutoring, financial literacy and career development.

Kate Bauman, TRiO’s project director at BU, said, “During the summer, these students have the opportunity to live on campus to get the full college experience. They attend classes in the academic buildings; learn college study skills, how to navigate campus and time management; and live in the campus residence halls with roommates for six weeks.”
In addition, students also may participate in field trips to various colleges and universities, as well as nearby cities to broaden and enhance their academic opportunities.

Students who qualify for enrollment must exhibit academic potential and need, meet income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education and be first-generation college students. Students must complete an application and provide a teacher recommendation. Likewise, students’ counselors must submit their high school transcript and PSSA scores. To be eligible, students must have completed eighth grade but not entered 12th grade.

On Aug. 2, TRiO Upward Bound celebrated its 30th anniversary, inviting current students, alumni and staff to share their experiences and successes.

“A lot of our Upward Bound alumni come back to work with and mentor our students,” Bauman said. “We are proud not only of our program’s history, but of the opportunity to continue to serve more students in our region.”

TRiO Upward Bound serves students from the following high schools: Berwick, Bloomsburg, Mahanoy Area, Milton, Mount Carmel, North Schuylkill, Pottsville, Shamokin and Shikellamy. For more information, contact Bauman at (570) 389-4280 or at trioupwardbound@bloomu.edu.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.