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Upward Bound Program Accepting Applicants
05/05/2004

The Upward Bound Program of Frostburg State University is currently accepting applications. This pre-college program is designed to assist qualified Allegany County high school students in developing the skills and motivation necessary for success in high school and college. There is no cost to the participant.

Upward Bound not only offers academic support and enrichment, but also offers an environment that helps foster personal growth and development. In order to accomplish this, Upward Bound is structured as a year-round program that offers both an academic year component and a six-week summer residential program.

The program's goal is to help students overcome the financial, social and cultural barriers to higher education that can exist for the individual student.

The program is entirely funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Students must have the potential for post-secondary education, plus meet one or both of the following criteria: First generation college status, meaning that the parent(s) that the student lives with does not have a bachelor's degree from a four-year college; and families with modest incomes-this varies according to household size and is based on taxable, not gross income.

Once accepted, Upward Bound students participate until graduation from high school. Students can expect to receive assistance to benefit in the following areas: academic advising, personal and group counseling, career counseling, tutoring and study groups, college campus tours, fee waivers for college applications, college applications, college admission forms, financial aid forms, scholarship searches, SAT prep classes, fee waivers for PSAT, SAT and ACT tests, cultural, recreational, educational events and field trips, enrichment classes, opportunities to meet students from Allegany County high schools and academic instruction to help prepare for college.

Both the academic year and summer component of the program offer academic core classes in laboratory science, mathematics, writing, literature and foreign language. The program provides the bridge students (graduating seniors) with the opportunity to take college classes during the summer prior to attending college.

For six weeks each summer, FSU's Upward Bound program offers its students a simulated residential college experience on campus. Students live in a residence hall on FSU's campus, attend classes, participate in many various and varied experiences, and return home on the weekends.

For more information or for an application, call the Upward Bound office at 301- 687-4994. You may also visit our Web sit at www.frostburg.edu/clife/ubp.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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