Upward Bound Students Celebrate National TRIO Day

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Local Upward Bound students attending TRIO Day in Portland, Maine were: from left, Logan DeShone from Danville School; Bria Willis from St. Johnsbury Academy; Brooklyn Colby and Katie Bickford, both from Lyndon Institute; Marisa Eldred from Craftsbury Academy; Melanie Gagnon from Lake Region Union High School; Kimberlie Sobeck from Rivendell Academy; Baylee Olden from Concord School; Matt Allen from Craftsbury Academy; and Daniel Cliche from Lyndon Institute.

Ten Lyndon State College Upward Bound students attended the National TRIO Day Celebration in Portland, Maine Feb. 19-20. This gathering brought together more than 500 TRIO Upward Bound, Talent Search and GEAR UP students from all over New England and New York.

Students enjoyed inspirational key note speakers, a regional college fair, and attended workshops on financial aid and other college bound topics. In addition, LSC UB students had the chance to tour Bowdoin College, the University of Southern Maine, Thomas College and Husson University. The true highlight of this event was seeing students from all over New England, urban and rural, who have the same goal -- attending college!

The TRIO programs were established by Congress to help modest-income and first generation college bound Americans succeed in postsecondary education. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and work to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance. Collectively, these federally funded programs have served more than 12 thousand Vermonters and bring nearly nine million dollars annually to the state. Lyndon State College Upward Bound has been a part of the LSC campus community since 1980, and serves 75 students from 9 participating high schools in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the North Country of New Hampshire each year. To learn more, contact Rick Williams in the Upward Bound office at (802) 626-5000.

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