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USM CELEBRATES UPWARD BOUND 50th ANNIVERSARY

Julia Clukey

At 7 p.m., Sunday, July 27, in Room 10 of USM's Bailey Hall, Gorham, USM will mark the national celebration of the 50th year of Upward Bound – a program which provides fundamental support for preparation and pursuit of higher education for high school students from low-income families, and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. University of Southern Maine's Upward Bound program serves 127 students (currently from Biddeford, Bonny Eagle, Massabesic, Sacopee Valley and Sanford High Schools) and receives $550,380 in funding each year.

The guest speaker will be Olympian luger Julia Clukey, who grew up in Maine and after years of training and personal adversity, participated in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Since 2012 each summer she’s hosted “Julia Clukey’s Camp for Girls at Camp KV” right here in Maine. Over the past three years, she has presented at more than 30 high schools and reached more than 9,000 students. 

7:10 p.m. Program starts

7:20 p.m. Welcome: Laurie Davis, Exec. Director USM TRIO Programs

7:30 p.m. Julia Clukey’s presentation followed by Q&A

8:10 p.m. Upward Bound Recognitions

8:30 p.m. Reception & Refreshments in Lobby with Julia Clukey signing autographs

Program directors and students will complete USM residential programs on the Gorham campus this summer as follows:

Sunday, July 27-Friday, August 1: Summer Academy - academics and career internships with current interns working for Aramark, Schoolhouse Arts, USM’s President’s Office, and Aveda Housing.

Sunday, August 4-Wednesday, August 6:  Senior Power Break #2 will have students working on completing college applications and participating in a rafting trip.

About Upward Bound:

Upward Bound was created 50 years ago by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. It is one of seven TRIO programs that serve income-eligible and/or first generation students in preparing for, enrolling and succeeding in college. All TRIO programs are federally funded through a competitive grant process and are governed by federal law.

Upward Bound at University of Southern Maine is one of five Upward Bound programs serving 569 students in Maine. Other programs are located at Bowdoin, UMO, UMF and UMPI. University of Southern Maine's Upward Bound program serves 127 students (currently from Biddeford, Bonny Eagle, Massabesic, Sacopee Valley and Sanford High Schools) and receives $550,380 in funding each year. It provides students with personalized planning and support combined with a wide array of challenging activities and opportunities to gain the skills needed for academic and personal success in high school and college.

Since 1964 more than 2 million people have participated ― studying English, math and science, and getting practical advice on college admissions. Upward Bound alumni include Oprah Winfrey, actresses Viola Davis and Angela Bassett, ABC News correspondent John Quinones, and Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile, and author Wil Haygood, whose writing inspired the film, “The Butler."