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OWU's Upward Bound Program Receives $85,600 Grant

November 7, 2000

DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Upward Bound Program at Ohio Wesleyan has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for $85,600 to be used between June 1, 2000 and May 31, 2001. OWU's Upward Bound program currently includes 70 high school students from Columbus public high schools; the grant will be used to recruit 20 additional students making the total 90 people.

The Upward Bound program at OWU lets OWU and Columbus public high school students work together to provide academic assistance for the high schoolers. This program allows Columbus area high school students to prepare for and attend college. These are low-income students who want to reach their academic potential. This federally funded program provides the means for them to attain the goals they desire.

Upward Bound runs year round with three components: the Academic Year Component, the Bridge Component, and the Summer Component. The Academic Component is in session during the school year and provides tutors three times a week. Many OWU students tutor these Columbus high school students through volunteer efforts or work-study. The Bridge Component provides recent high school graduates who have taken the ACT or SAT standardized tests and been accepted by colleges with college courses to be taken the summer before they begin their freshman year at a university. The Summer Component allows students to stay on campus and attend classes for five weeks. Their day begins at 6:30 a.m. and does not end until all the study sessions, events and classes -- academic and enrichment -- are complete.

Upward Bound has approximately 1,600 programs nationwide. OWU's program has one of the highest college attendance rates in the country -- over 95 percent. The students who attend OWU during the Summer Component host the Mini Olympics -- a statewide academic and athletic competition. They also take a five-day trip to North Carolina to visit colleges during the Summer Component.

Seven high schools will participate in the addition of the 20 new members. Some students will be recruited from East, South and Linden-McKinley High Schools. The percentage of free and reduced lunches at these schools collectively has risen from 53 percent in the 1998-1999 academic year to 58 percent in the 1999-2000 academic year.

For more information on OWU's Upward Bound program contact Deborah Lipscomb at 740-368-3218.