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Upward Bound commemorates 50 years of student success
50th Anniversary Tarleton Upward Bound celebrated the golden anniversary of its establishment on Oct. 11 by marching in the Homecoming parade. Pictured (l-r) are program director Jenny Watts, Zulema Medina, Jacqueline Heartsill, Summer Day Glover, Jesus Velasco, Frank Chamberlain, David Surley and Amber Rush.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—This year marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of Upward Bound, a federally-funded educational program that serves high school students from low-income families and students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.

Upward Bound is one of several college access programs known collectively as “TRIO” projects that were established under President Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 War on Poverty. Today, almost 1,000 programs across America serve more than 80,000 students from demographic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education. Tarleton State University currently houses one of these programs.

Upward Bound projects provide tutoring, academic counseling, cultural enrichment, financial guidance and other services needed to promote success at the high school and college levels. The ultimate goal of these programs is to increase the rate at which participants complete high school and enroll in and graduate from college or other institutes of higher learning.

Tarleton received its Upward Bound Project in 1981 and has served more than 800 high school students from the Cross Timbers area. Currently, the program is funded to serve 95 students from nine high schools in Erath, Comanche and Bosque counties.

The Tarleton Upward Bound program has been a great success for the past 33 years, as 90 percent of its participants enroll in college, while 60 percent graduate with a postsecondary degree. Both of these statistics are higher than the national and state averages, according to the Council for Opportunity in Education.

The Tarleton Upward Bound Project celebrated the golden anniversary of its establishment during the Oct. 11 Tarleton Homecoming. More than 100 past and present Upward Bound members marched in the Homecoming parade and enjoyed a reception in the campus Dining Hall.

“This celebration was especially inspirational for the current students, as they were able to meet and socialize with the many returning Upward Bound alumni who preceded them in graduating from college and have found success in a variety of careers,” said Frank Chamberlain, Tarleton Upward Bound counselor.

For more information about Upward Bound at Tarleton State University, please visit www.tarleton.edu/upwardbound.

Tarleton State University, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to engage societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.

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Contact: Jenny Watts, director
254-968-9294
watts@tarleton.edu

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50th Anniversary

Tarleton Upward Bound celebrated the golden anniversary of its establishment on Oct. 11 by marching in the Homecoming parade. Pictured (l-r) are program director Jenny Watts, Zulema Medina, Jacqueline Heartsill, Summer Day Glover, Jesus Velasco, Frank Chamberlain, David Surley and Amber Rush.