LSU Awarded Upward Bound Program Grant

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

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012