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July 16, 2010

ULM Upward Bound summer banquet set for July 23

Upward Bound will hold its summer banquet at 10 a.m., Friday, July 23, on the seventh-floor of the library at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Local attorney Willie Hunter will speak at the annual event.

The Upward Bound program is federally funded through the Department of Education and designed to assist potential first-generation college students with the necessary skills to enter into the post-secondary segment. ULM’s Upward Bound program has been in existence for over three years, according to ULM Upward Bound Project Director Angela Nichols.

“The program has two components,” said Nichols.

“There is an academic component and a summer component. We are currently in the summer component where students have opportunity to experience college activities first hand,” she said.

Students are in class at the ULM campus every Monday through Thursday and enjoy “cultural awareness days” on Fridays, according to Nichols.

“The last week of the summer students get the opportunity to stay on campus for the entire week,” she said. “This year our students have the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. for a final trip.”

The ULM Upward Bound group will experience the nation’s capital July 25-30.

ULM’s Upward Bound serves several parishes through its grant, including Ouachita Parish, Morehouse Parish and Richland Parish, and students currently in the ULM program represent Rayville High School, Bastrop High School, Richwood High School and Wossman High School.

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