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Upward Bound grads head to college

When graduation comes around for the 2018 high school seniors participating in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Trio Upward Bound Program, each one will know exactly what they will be doing come autumn: all six have been accepted into four-year colleges, and half also have received scholarships.

Student                          

High School

College

Scholarships

Ricardo Felix

South High School

West Point                                          

2018 Gates Scholarship

Richard Burton

Walnut Ridge High School

Ohio State
Columbus campus                 

Young Scholars Program

Hamidou Nidiaye

Walnut Ridge High School

Ohio State
Columbus campus                 

Young Scholars Program

Gerald Black, III

East High School

Ohio State|
Newark campus

 

Khalil Clark

Columbus Alternative High School

Ohio State|
Newark campus

 

Maia Lee

Briggs High School

Berea College
Berea, KY

 

“The accomplishments of Upward Bound’s 2018 graduating seniors, Gerald Black III, Richard Burton, Khalil Clark, Ricardo Felix, Maia Lee and Hamidou Ndiaye, have aligned perfectly with the theme of the Trio Upward Bound Program ‘Reaching New Heights of Excellence,’  Said Dr. Laura Commodore, program manager of Ohio State’s Upward Bound Program. “We wish them well as they enter their first-year experience as college freshmen. As they move to the ranks of Trio alumni, we look forward to working with them as we continue our work of preparing under-represented youth to not only survive, but thrive on college campuses across the nation.”

The students entered Upward Bound as 9th or 10th graders, and while in the program, they were exposed to a variety of education and cultural experiences including intensive year-round academic preparation for the Ohio State Assessment Test and the ACT and SAT exams. Students also were afforded the opportunity to participate in college tours, personal and career development activities, and enrichment workshops. A six-week Upward Bound Summer Institute provided an opportunity to take core-subject classes, attend a career day and college fairs, and visit college campuses.


Federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound offers students the opportunity to excel not only in high school but also in college and beyond. Students can apply and be accepted into the program at the end of their eighth grade year thru their eleventh grade year in high school.