In Upward Bound, a college preparatory/academic support program, high
school students learn they can succeed in school and in life. In
six-week residential summer sessions at the University of Maine, the
students are involved in rigorous coursework and internships in their
fields of interest. Upward Bound counselors assist with issues such as
financial planning for college, and offer academic support throughout
Most Upward Bound students spend three summers at UMaine, including the
months between high school graduation and the start of college classes
in the fall. During that "bridge summer," they take their first college
course, paid for by a stipend from Upward Bound, which is part of the
College of Education and Human Development.
"It was important to get into the course and realize I can do college
work," says Upward Bound graduate Isaac Wilkins, who now has a
bachelor's degree in business from UMaine and is pursuing a master's
degree in kinesiology.
To help more Upward Bound students who are headed to college, Friends of
Upward Bound is establishing a $1 million endowment in the University of
Maine Foundation to provide similar academic stipends. UMaine Upward
Bound students use the funds to purchase college textbooks and
computers, supplement tuition costs and overcome other financial
"The first semester is the hardest financially" since scholarship monies
often aren't available until the beginning of the second college
semester, says Nancy Cormier, who is now working at Gaylord Hospital in
Connecticut after graduating this past spring from college. "My stipend
allowed me to purchase some much-needed supplies and books."
Increasing educational access is what Friends of Upward Bound is about.
UMaine Today Magazine
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