Today, Paine College officials announced that the U.S. Department of Education renewed the College’s TRIO Upward Bound Program for fiscal year 2014-2015 and will award $444,955 to fund the outreach program that serves students from Richmond County schools and surrounding areas. In its third year of the grant cycle, the Upward Bound program will be renewed for a total of five years, pending the program’s performance.
The Upward Bound program is part of the Federal TRIO Programs which are specifically designed outreach programs geared toward increasing the secondary school graduation rate for disadvantaged youth.
Through the Upward Bound, Paine College exposes high school students who are most often from low income families to postsecondary education. One student participating for the second year, Tabias Wright, a junior at the Academy of Richmond County, says that “This experience has meant the world to me. It gives us a different experience outside of high school.”
The program includes math, science, English, and foreign language. Students also receive assistance with steps needed to apply for college like financial aid and entrance exams.
Upward Bound Director, Chellita Carlyle, who participated in the same program 19 years ago now leads the program that is making a difference in the lives of many students who are gaining pre-college experience in a college setting. Mrs. Carlyle said, "The Program has been on the campus of Paine College since 1967 and is one of the few Upward Bound Programs in the nation to be funded continuously since its inception." The students reside on campus during the six-month summer series of classes and activities. As a product of the Upward Bound Program, Mrs. Carlyle, a 2002 Paine College graduate who steered the award-winning Upward Bound grant process that resulted in the five-year award, commented "The goals and objectives of Upward Bound are developed on the foundation to help students reach their full potential. Program services foster intelligence and potential of individual students, and challenges participants to explore their personal responsibility to their educational experience and social justice. I am a testament that TRIO Programs do work.”
By offering programs like Upward Bound, Paine College provides students from low-income families and first generation college students the opportunity to be better prepared for postsecondary education. Mr. Wright feels that this program has made an impact for him,” Upward Bound has made the college process more reachable and attainable.”
For more information about the Paine College Upward Bound federal award, please contact Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications and Marketing at Tjwilliams@paine.edu<mailto:Tjwilliams@paine.edu>, 706.396.7591. To learn more about the College’s academic offerings, please visit www.paine.edu<http://www.paine.edu/>.