The Upward Bound program is accepting applications from Medomak Valley High School. Information sessions about the free program and how to apply will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at the high school. An assembly will take place at 12:20 p.m. for MVHS freshmen and sophomores. Parents, guardians, and other interested community members are invited to attend an evening informational session at MVHS on the same date, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. Contact the guidance office or Upward Bound directly with any questions.
Why apply to Upward Bound? Upward Bound graduates are five times more likely than peers to succeed in a college degree program. The program has worked successfully with Maine students for more than 50 years, providing academic support, and college and financial aid advising, to students who aspire to go to college but may have barriers. Upward Bound is a free program for income-eligible students and students from households where neither parent holds a four-year degree.
While academic support and college counseling are fundamental, participants also enjoy mentoring, building friendships, and traveling for college visits and cultural enrichment. An engaging summer program with trips to Boston and events ranging from a Portland Sea Dogs game to a Shakespeare play also provides students with classes to boost their academic performance.
Over this school year, Bridget Mullen, program director, will serve as the primary contact for MVHS. Her role will include one-on-one meetings at school, extracurricular workshops, and coordinating closely with the school guidance office and families to ensure that students receive services and support that fit their individual needs and aspirations.
For more information, call the Upward Bound office toll-free at 1-877-879-2731 or go to bowdoin.edu/upward-bound.