FSU\u2019s Upward Bound Program Now Accepting Applications

March 18, 2015
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FSU's Upward Bound Program Now Accepting Applications

The Upward Bound Program of Frostburg State University has begun accepting applications from Allegany County high school students for its free academic enrichment program. Upward Bound offers academic support and enhancement to rising ninth graders through graduating high school seniors.

Applications are accepted from students in grades 8 through 11. High school seniors are not eligible to apply. The program is entirely funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is free to participants.

A pre-college preparatory program, Upward Bound assists 84 qualified Allegany County students in developing the skills for success in high school and college. The program's goal is to help individual students overcome any financial, social, academic or cultural barriers to higher education. Upward Bound's year-round schedule includes an academic year component and a three- or six-week summer residential program. Students will also have unique opportunities to meet and work with students from other Allegany County high schools.

Upward Bound students may participate until graduation from high school and will receive assistance in many different areas, including academic advising, tutoring, career exploration, enrichment classes, assistance filling out forms, scholarship information, SAT and ACT preparation, college visits and field trips.

The academic year and summer program components both offer core classes in laboratory science, mathematics, writing, literature and foreign language. The program provides graduating seniors with the opportunity to take college classes during the summer before attending college. The summer program also offers students a simulated college residential experience on the FSU campus. Participating students live in residence halls, attend classes, take part in various activities and return home on the weekends.

To qualify for acceptance into Upward Bound, students must have the potential for post-secondary education and meet one or both of the following: have a first-generation college status, meaning that the parent(s) the student lives with does not have a bachelor's degree from a four-year college, and/or come from a family with modest income, which varies according to household size and is based on taxable, not gross, income.

For more information or for an application, call the Upward Bound office at 301-687-4994. Visit www.frostburg.edu/UpwardBound for downloadable forms or pick up an application in Sand Spring Hall 121 on the FSU campus. Guidance counselors in area middle and high schools also have applications.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu