Tarleton Upward Bound marks 30 years

Tarleton State University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 18, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—The Upward Bound Project will celebrate its 30th anniversary at Tarleton State University during the university’s annual Homecoming activities on October 20, 2012.

Programs such as Upward Bound provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, cultural enrichment, financial guidance and other services needed to succeed at the high school and college levels.

Upward Bound is one of the federally-funded TRIO Programs that are specifically designed to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education; specifically students from low-income families and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.

As a federally-funded program, Upward Bound must reapply for funding every five years. In 2012, the Project saw its grant renewed for the next five years and will receive $410,000 annually with which to serve 95 students from nine high schools in Erath, Comanche and Bosque counties.

Over these past three decades, the program has served more than 800 area high school students in their pursuit of a college degree. Statistically, the project has made a significant impact on many lives, as 90 percent of the participants enroll in college and 60 percent graduate with a degree. These numbers are higher than national and state averages. Upward Bound alumni have experienced success in numerous fields including health care, education, law enforcement and business.

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Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Frank Chamberlain
254-968-9965
chamberlain@tarleton.edu

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