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Upward Bound, an organization started in 1972, is an academic enrichment and college preparatory program.

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Saturday June 7, 2014 the program held its summer student orientation in Morgan State University's Calvin and Tina Tyler Ballroom for prospective freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. The orientation was attended by approximately thirty students and other interested persons. The orientation session was held to give students an understanding of the fast-paced summer component, complete with rules and regulations by which the students will be governed.

Students will live at the dormitories on campus where they will be engaged in academics and cultural enrichment activities. The program will being June 23 and end August 1, 2014. The academic emphasis will occur Mondays through Thursdays with classes in English, Math, Science, French, Reading, Spanish, Social Studies, NASA Projects, and Grade Level Seminars. The cultural enrichment emphasis, a la field trips, will occur on Fridays. In addition, there will be daily recreational activities including basketball, volleyball and swimming from 6 - 7:30pm. Students will also have access to the fitness center.

Stipends are given to encourage the students' full participation in the summer program. The program will culminate in an awards banquet to be held July 31 at Martin's East. The following day, August 1, students will enjoy a trip to Kings Dominion.

Inga Williams, a former Upward Bound student and now a counselor, said there are so many benefits to being in the program. She cited cultural enrichment and support and the encouraging of higher education. She also stated that being in Upward Bound helps students to have better rounded life experiences and gives them that extra push that some students need.

According to the literature distributed, the program encourages students to strive to do their best, push themselves harder, develop new positive attitudes toward self, others and school and believe in themselves to succeed and achieve.

The director of the program is Connie McDonald. Her email address is connie.cooper@morgan.edu.

The website for Upward Bound is www.morgan.edu/upwardbound.

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