Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

OSU-OKC’s Upward Bound Program Renewed for Five Years

(June 18, 2012, Oklahoma City, OK) – The United States Department of Education (ED) renewed OSU-Oklahoma City’s Upward Bound grant for an additional five years. The university’s program is one of only 800 of its kind to be funded out of the more than 1,500 applications the ED received.


Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO program that aims to assist high school students in achieving a college education. Participants are both low-income and first-generation students.


“We get them ready for life and success on a college campus,” said Francie Moss, OSU-OKC Upward Bound Director. “When they step onto a college campus they know the language, they know how to ask questions, they know the unwritten rules and they know who to contact for help.”


Upward Bound also assists the students in completing college and scholarship applications, conducting career assessments, searching for colleges, and provides transportation to colleges to enroll. In addition, the program allows each student the opportunity to take the ACT three times at no cost to them.


“During the summer, students are enrolled in English, science, math and a foreign language to improve academically,” Moss says. “Academics are the main focus of Upward Bound.”


OSU-OKC Upward Bound has operated since 1995. The program serves 76 students collectively from three target high schools: Northwest Classen, Western Heights and Putnam City West.


In addition to an exciting summer, Upward Bound offers year-round support to participating students throughout their high school years. Once students are accepted into the program they remain in the program until they graduate from high school provided they continue to fulfill the program requirements. After graduation, students are enrolled in six credit hours of summer college classes on the OSU-OKC campus.


The program is available to eligible students at no cost. Meals, admission costs and transportation needs are all provided by the program during Upward Bound activities. The cost to the student is participation and performance in the program’s activities.


For more information, visit www.osuokc.edu/upwardbound, email berouse@osuokc.edu or call (405) 945-8623.

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