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WTAMU Upward Bound Program Seeking Alumni for Anniversary Event

June 17, 2014

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Upward Bound Program Seeking Alumni for Anniversary Event

CANYON, Texas—The 2014 Upward Bound summer session at West Texas A&M University marks the 47th anniversary of the federally funded college preparatory program on campus, and University officials are seeking alumni of the WTAMU program to be part of a special anniversary celebration in July.

The WTAMU event will be just one of many as universities across the United States are planning special events throughout the year to celebrate Upward Bound’s 50th anniversary. Upward Bound was established as an experimental program through the Educational Opportunity Act of 1964 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s war on poverty. By 1968 it became one of three federally-funded programs, known as TRIO, designed to provide access to higher education for low-income students. WTAMU’s Upward Bound program started in 1967 and for years has successfully secured millions of dollars in competitive grant money from the U.S. Department of Education to help low-income, first-generation students across the Texas Panhandle.

More than 40 students from target high schools are on the WTAMU campus through July 3 as part of the Upward Bound program. The program offers academic classes coupled with cultural and community service activities to give the high school students a glimpse of college life. Studies show that 90 percent of students who participate in the Upward Bound program enroll in college after high school graduation.

The summer session will close July 3 with an anniversary celebration at 6:30 p.m. on campus. Upward Bound students and their parents are invited. Martin Lopez, executive director of special programs, is looking to identify former WTAMU Upward Bound participants who completed a college degree, especially from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Former program alumni are encouraged to contact Lopez at mlopez@wtamu.edu.


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