• UWA receives continued Upward Bound funding

    Posted: May 14, 2012

    Author: Betsy Compton

     The University of West Alabama has been selected to receive funding for its Upward Bound (UB) program for the upcoming year. The program will receive a $347,834 grant for TRIO programs aimed at preparing high school students for secondary and postsecondary education.

    TRIO Programs are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Upward Bound is one of eight TRIO programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-secondary programs.

    “Our mission is to provide opportunities for students to pursue a quality education and assist in developing the important qualities of independent thinking, respect for the ideas of others, personal integrity and character in order to realize their quests for a philosophy of life and self-fulfillment,” explained Dr. Vicki P. Spruiell, director of UWA’s TRIO programs.

    The UB Program fulfills its mission by generating in its participants the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education.

    UB Program participants must be potential first-generation college students, low-income
    individuals, or individuals with a high risk for academic failure and a need for academic support in order to pursue successfully a program of education beyond high school.

    For more information on Upward Bound or TRIO programs at the University of West Alabama call 205-652-3756.

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