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34 LSC-North Harris Upward Bound graduates earn more than $800,000 in scholarships

The Lone Star College-North Harris Upward Bound Program has served students from the Aldine Independent School District since 1999, and currently serves a total of 121 students from MacArthur, Nimitz, Eisenhower, and Aldine high schools.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, there were 34 seniors who graduated from the program, earning a total of $804,562 in scholarships. Scholarship recognitions included: Nine Aldine Education Foundation Scholarships, a Smith-Hutson Scholarship, a QuestBridge Scholar, Top 10% Scholarships, in addition to many other academic scholarships that were also awarded to the graduates.

“We are very proud of our graduates,” said Upward Bound interim program manager, Courtney Tigney “It is quite an impressive accomplishment for a small group of just 34 students from the program to earn more than $800,000 in scholarships this year.”

The Upward Bound program is a federally funded grant program designed to assist first-generation, economically disadvantaged high school students in developing the skills and the motivation to succeed in college. Upward Bound participants receive academic advising, standardized test preparation, tutorials, scholarship and financial aid assistance, cultural enrichment, career exploration assistance, and college campus tours. Students are required to enroll in college-preparatory courses throughout high school and are provided tutorial assistance during the school year.

A six-week Summer Bridge program provides additional instruction in mathematics, English, science and foreign language plus a variety of elective courses. Although preparing students academically is the main goal of Upward Bound, it is not the only component of the program. Students also participate in cultural enrichment activities, community service events, and college campus visits. Additionally, Upward Bound offers developmental workshops in college success skills such as time management, study skills, and career exploration. Twenty four of this years’ 34 graduates participated in the LSC-North Harris Summer Bridge program.

“These students have shown that our programs’ success has contributed to their own academic success, and that is why it is so important to have programs like Upward Bound. The program is here to help our students achieve the highest of goals for their future, and with the assistance of these hard-earned scholarships, they will now get that chance,” added Tigney.

For more information about the Upward Bound program, call 281-765-7914, or visit LoneStar.edu/Upward-Bound.

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.