Waite HS valedictorian illustrates success of Lourdes’ Upward Bound program
Sylvania, OH, June 11, 2012: This summer, more than 50 students from Waite and Woodward High Schools will call Lourdes University home, as they participate in the institution’s Upward Bound program. Last spring, the U.S. Department of Education announced that Lourdes would receive 100 percent of the $250,000 requested in support of its program.
“We’re thrilled to receive support from the U.S. Department of Education,” rejoices Tonya Colbert, Upward Bound Director. “These funds will greatly assist Lourdes’ Upward Bound program in achieving its mission of providing fundamental support to high school students in their preparation for college entrance.”
Lourdes’ Upward Bound program is designed to support and develop the skills and motivation necessary for participants to persist in completing a rigorous program of secondary education and to enter and successfully complete a program of post-secondary education.
Participating students receive six weeks of intensive on-campus academic instruction in the areas of career counseling, computer technology, English, financial literacy, science, math and Spanish as well as OGT and ACT preparation. Additionally students have an opportunity to experience a variety of academic enrichment and cultural events and receive tutoring during the regular school year. Through Lourdes’ Upward Bound programming, participants will be well prepared to graduate from high school and enter and graduate from a post-secondary institution.
Proof of the program’s success can be witnessed in Santoria Sawyer, Waite High School Valedictorian and Lourdes’ Upward Bound graduate. For her commitment to her academic career and community, she was chosen as a member of the Coca-Cola® Scholars Foundation class of 2010. As one of only 53 students selected nationwide, Santoria received a $20,000 scholarship from the organization, which today she is putting to good use as a student at The Ohio State University.
“It is incredible to see students from our Upward Bound program such as Santoria graduate high school and move onto a college career,” shares Tonya. “Every day at Lourdes, we work to help students realize their educational dreams and to help make those dreams become a reality. Upward Bound is just one of the ways in which we are able to accomplish this task!”
For more information on Upward Bound, visit www.lourdes.edu/upwardbound or contact Tonya Colbert at 419-824-3866 or email [email protected].