July 22, 2019

Four La Plata R-II High School students recently completed a six-week residential college preparatory session on the Truman State University campus as participants in the Upward Bound project. Upward Bound, a federally-funded TRIO grant program, has been part of the Truman campus since 1966.

Serving students who demonstrate post-secondary education potential and meet other federal eligibility guidelines, the project supports students as they complete high school and prepares them for successful college application and enrollment. As Upward Bound project participants, students receive free college preparatory services throughout the academic year in weekly after school meetings, as well as no-cost participation in two in-residence summer sessions on the Truman State University campus, and an opportunity to apply for a third summer session in which they earn up to six free hours of Truman college credit.

During the 2019 summer residential session, students completed core academic coursework in mathematics, physical and life sciences, foreign language, composition and literature; were involved in college and career experiences – including college visits and paid internships; and participated in a variety of social, residential and cultural activities.

Approximately 50 high school students from eleven area schools participated in this summer’s Upward Bound summer session. La Plata R-II Upward Bound participants pictured front row left to right are: Nicole Mansfield, Sadie Sturm, (back row) Conner Orgill, Owen Miller-Fast.

In program year 2018-19, Upward Bound Program received $485,71 (91% of total funding) from the U.S. Department of Education and $47,509 (9% of total funding) from Truman State University.

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