Upward Bound Recruiting New Students in 13 High Schools

By Kim Billings
UNH News Bureau

DURHAM, N.H. -- The Upward Bound Program at the University of New Hampshire has begun to recruit 90 new students in 13 Granite State high schools: Portsmouth, Dover, Somersworth, Spaulding (Rochester), Farmington, Nute (Milton), Manchester West, Central and Memorial, Raymond, Kennett (Conway), Gorham and Berlin.

Informational slide shows will be shown in all the high schools Upward Bound serves during the months of February and March. Check with the UNH Upward Bound office at 1-800-270-3848 or your school's guidance office for dates and times and how to sign up.

According to Dan Gordon, director of Upward Bound, the program assists high school students with building academic skills and motivation necessary to be successful in high school and go on to earn a college degree. The program includes a six-week summer residency on the Durham campus, where students take college preparatory courses; participate in a wide range of seminars, workshops, recreational and cultural activities; and learn about themselves and their goals.

Students also see Upward Bound advisors twice a month in their schools to discuss their academic programs and to make plans for the future, Gordon explains, and adds they also can attend weekly study sessions in one of three Academic Enrichment Centers in Durham, Manchester and Gorham.

Upward Bound is a free program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Program eligibility is determined by family income and educational background. To be accepted a student must also exhibit strong academic ability and a need for program services.

If you attend one of the high schools listed above, are in the ninth, 10th or 11th grade and are interested in learning more about Upward Bound, call 862-1563 (toll free at 1-800-270-3848). You may also visit the web site at www.upwardbound.unh.edu. Parents and individuals who work with students in the high schools listed above are also invited to refer students to the program.

The UNH Upward Bound Program has a long-standing commitment to equal opportunity for all. It is open to all eligible students, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or physical disability. Its funding level for 2000-2001 has not been determined. Funding for 1999-2000 is $398,410.

February 3, 2000

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