09/18/2012 11:52 AM
BATON ROUGE – The Office of Strategic Initiatives is excited to announce the awarding
of LSU’s first ever Upward Bound Program. LSU Upward Bound, or LSU-UB, is funded through
the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $1.25 million to allow for five
years of college preparatory services to economically disadvantaged and first-generation
students at Tara High School.
“In this year’s grant competition, 1,500 educational institutions across the nation
applied for the grants and only 780 were selected; it is equally an amazing privilege
and extraordinary responsibility for LSU to have this opportunity to help students
realize their full academic potential,” said Stephanie Reber Givens, principle investigator
and program director for LSU-UB.
Each year, LSU-UB will provide encouragement and academic preparation to 60 potential
first-generation college students from low-income families in order to help them to
successfully graduate from high school, enroll into a higher education institution
and successfully attain a postsecondary degree.
Housed within the Office of Strategic Initiatives, the LSU-UB will provide an infrastructure
for economically disadvantaged students to pursue the American dream. The LSU-UB students
of Tara High will develop a meaningful relationship with faculty, staff and students
at one of the most prestigious universities in the region. LSU is committed to serving
the students of Tara High and bringing real and positive change to the participants
of the program, their families and their peers.
Direct services for Upward Bound participants will begin with the 2013 spring semester.
“Please offer your biggest Tiger welcome to these pre-college students when they are
on LSU’s campus,” Givens said.
Mentoring and volunteer opportunities are available for the LSU community to further impact these young lives in a positive way.
For more information on the Office of Strategic Initiatives, visit http://appl003.lsu.edu/stratinit.nsf/index.
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012