Fayetteville State University continues providing college access to low-income and first-generation youth through the TRIO Upward Bound Program

Fayetteville State University has received notification of funding in the amount of $1,468,000 over a five year period for a TRIO Upward Bound Program.  The TRIO Program is designed to develop the skills and motivation necessary to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The program provides services for students, supported by evidence, that increase the likelihood that students will complete high school, enroll in and complete college.  These services include the following:  Saturday Academy classes, academic coaching and advisement, college campus tours, and a six-week residential summer program that simulates the college going experience. The Program serves students in the 9th-12th grades who attend Douglas Byrd High, EE Smith High, Westover High and Hoke County High schools.

Dr. Thompson-Pinckney, Director of College Access & Success Programs said, “We are excited about the opportunity to not only prepare disadvantaged youth to successfully complete high school but also the opportunity to support them with access to college.  To secure a TRIO Upward Bound program, Fayetteville State University went through a very competitive process.  This funding demonstrates that there is a true need for these types of programs in the Sandhills Region of North Carolina.   I am humbled by the opportunity to continue the legacy of serving youth, who would not otherwise go to college if not for this program.”

The Office of College Access and Success Programs’ mission is to encourage and assist youth who are traditionally under-represented in post-secondary education with preparation for, entry into, and completion of a post-secondary education.   The Office is comprised of federally funded programs that include 21st Century Community Learning Centers, TRIO Talent Search, TRIO Upward Bound, TRIO Upward Bound Math & Science, and AmeriCorps VISTA.

For additional information about the TRIO Upward Bound Program, please visit www.uncfsu.edu/cap or call 910-672-1126.