UVM Celebrates Upward Bound Sophomore Summit

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Attending the Sophomore Summit, representing Lyndon State College Upward Bound are: from left, Michael Delaney and Lauren Holt, both from Rivendell Academy; Shelby Loura from Danville School; Rebecca Doucet, Haylie Lahue, Emily Klar and Isabel Wildflower, all from Lake Region Union High School; Maranda Ruggles, Brianna Gingue and Alyssa Leonard, all from Lyndon Institute.

BURLINGTON -- Forty-two high school sophomores were welcomed onto the University of Vermont campus for the fifth annual UVM Upward Bound Sophomore Summit on Oct. 28. The Summit brings together Upward Bound TRiO program participants in the 10th grade from across the state and the region for a day of college exploration and is hosted by the UVM Office of Admissions.

The day featured many highlights including a detailed workshop on the admissions process led by Catherine Diamond, senior assistant director of Admissions, a campus tour, lunch in a dining hall, and a special lecture offered by Sociology Prof. Kathy Fox. UVM Admissions professionals offered advice and encouragement to the first in family students as they begin on the road to find the right college for them.

UVM offers this event to TRiO students as part of their continued commitment to serving Vermont students. It is also part of their ongoing efforts to support first in family and modest income students in their journey to pursue postsecondary education. Welcoming these students onto the University campus makes a tremendous impact on the students' overall college preparation and their ability to continue envisioning themselves a college bound students.

Upward Bound is one of the federally funded TRiO educational opportunity programs through the United States Department of Education, funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Vermont's TRiO programs assist over 12,000 middle school, high school and college bound adults throughout the state. The Upward Bound program serves high school students who are dedicated to pursuing their postsecondary dreams, and provides the academic background, college preparatory experiences, and support needed to succeed in college immediately after high school. Upward Bound is a program for academically motivated students who will be the first generation in their families to pursue college study, and come from modest income backgrounds. The Upward Bound programs in attendance this year at the event were: Lyndon State College Upward Bound, Johnson State College Upward Bound, SUNY Plattsburgh Upward Bound, the University of Vermont Upward Bound, and Castleton State College Upward Bound.

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