The Lyndon State College Upward Bound program will host an informational meeting on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Alexander Twilight Theater at LSC. This open meeting is for all high school students in the 9th and 10th grades who are interested in applying to the program and who attend one of Upward Bound's nine participating high schools.
Upward Bound is one of the federally funded TRiO educational opportunity programs through the U.S. Department of Education and is committed to providing modest-income first generation college bound students the academic background, college preparatory experiences, and support needed to succeed in college immediately after high school.
Upward Bound works with eligible students who meet at least one of the following criteria: they will be the first in their family to obtain a four-year college degree, and/or are from a modest income family. Upward Bound works with 75 students from nine area high schools in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and Northern New Hampshire including: Canaan Memorial, Lake Region Union, Concord, Lyndon Institute, Craftsbury Academy, Danville, Woodsville, St. Johnsbury Academy and Rivendell Academy. Students spend six weeks of their summers on the campus of Lyndon State College where they take college preparatory courses including SAT Prep, hold volunteer work study positions in the local community to explore careers, and participate in fun activities while experiencing life on campus.
Upward Bound also provides academic guidance, support, and other opportunities to students throughout the school year. While in the program students have the opportunity to participate in community service, attend leadership events, college tours, and financial aid and college planning workshops. Upward Bound is free for any eligible participating student.
All students interested in applying to Upward Bound are strongly encouraged to attend the Feb. 8 meeting. The meeting will involve all current students and will outline upcoming events and plans for the summer of 2015 as well as program requirements. For more information, contact Rick Williams in the Upward Bound office at (802) 626-5000.