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July 7, 2011


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will play host to thirty Aroostook County high school students enrolled in the Upward Bound program, next week, as part of their introduction to postsecondary education opportunities. 

The students, all of whom will be entering their sophomore year of high school from all across The County in the fall, will spend the week of July 10-17 on the UMFK campus as part of their residency component. 
UMFK and the University of Maine at Presque Isle are partners in a TRIO grant that has brought an Upward Bound program to Aroostook County during the past several years.  One part of that program is the summer residency component. UMPI has played host to the students in the past. This year it’s UMFK’s chance to welcome and host the group. 
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.
Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families, and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in, and graduate from, institutions of post-secondary education.
Upward Bound projects provide academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, work-study programs, education, and counseling services all are designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students.
In addition to the thirty students who will spend next week at UMFK, the campus also will host a smaller group of junior and senior year Upward Bound students the weekend of July 15 and 16.