Lincoln University’s Upward Bound Hosts Regional Competition
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Lincoln University, Pa. - Lincoln University’s Upward Bound program hosted TRIO Day on July 8. The day of academic and athletic competitions brought over 200 students from the University of Delaware, Community College of Baltimore, Prince George’s Community College, Morgan State University, and Montgomery County Community College to compete for the title of Overall Champion. The participants from Lincoln University’s Upward Bound program received the highest number of cumulative points and the title.
Upward Bound is a pre-college, federally funded program for first generation, low-income high school students. As a year-round program, Upward Bound offers rigorous academic instruction, individual tutoring and counseling for its participants and includes a residential summer component. Susan Powell is the director of Lincoln’s Upward Bound program and the assistant director is Maxine Cook.
Participants in Lincoln’s Upward Bound program are recruited from five area school districts:
- Chester: Chester High School and STEM Academy
- Coatesville: Coatesville Area High School
- Kennett Square: Kennett High School
- Oxford: Oxford Area High School
- Philadelphia: Universal Audenried Charter School, South Philadelphia High School and John Bartram High School
During the academic year, depending on the high school, Upward Bound students attend one of four Enrichment Centers located at Coatesville, Chester, Lincoln’s Main Campus, and Lincoln’s University City location in Philadelphia. Most Enrichment Centers require students to meet twice a week to receive assistance with school work and submit a predetermined number of reports on selected books from a master reading list. In addition, Upward Bound students participate in community service projects and cultural experiences.
Some highlights of the 2016 summer program include:
- Sixty program participants embarked on college tours, visiting Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, California University of Pennsylvania, and Franklin & Marshall College;
- Financial aid sessions were held on weekends to assist seniors in completing their FAFSAs; and
- Participants visited New York and saw the Lion King on Broadway.
Upward Bound honored the Class of 2016 on July 21 with the annual Senior Night Out, which celebrates that 100 percent of the program graduates prepare to attend college in the fall. The class of 2016 secured over $650,000 in scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year. Two of the Upward Bound participants are recipients of the Gates Millennium scholarship.