Twenty-two Lansing School District seniors at the Kellogg Center for the annual Upward Bound Senior Recognition Dinner

Twenty-two seniors, from high schools in the Lansing School District, gathered at the Kellogg Center on Monday, May 4, for the annual Upward Bound Senior Recognition Dinner.

Twenty-two seniors, from high schools in the Lansing School District, gathered at the Kellogg Center on Monday, May 4, for the annual Upward Bound Senior Recognition Dinner.

“This event gives our Upward Bound seniors the opportunity to get together one more time as a group before they graduate from high school and celebrate their accomplishments with each other as well as with family members,” Glenda Hammond, director of MSU’s Upward Bound program, said.

Carlos Salais, a 1996 Eastern High School graduate and Upward Bound alumni, spoke to the attendees about his experience in Upward Bound and how it has helped him throughout college and in his career as a teacher.

Each senior was individually recognized for their achievements and shared their goals and dreams for the future, as well as their immediate college plans. Additionally, each senior received a personal tribute from U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.

Upward Bound students spend time on MSU’s campus every Monday afternoon during the school year to participate in tutorial sessions, academic counseling, and enrichment activities. Tutoring and academic counseling is provided by the professional staff and MSU upper class and graduate students. Enrichment activities include speakers from traditional and non-traditional career areas, visits from college and university recruiters, group discussions and field trips.

Beyond the weekly sessions at MSU, the 2015 graduating seniors participated in the following Upward Bound experiences from their sophomore year through their senior year:

  • Major study trips to Puerto Rico, Washington D.C. and New York City
  • Annual Student Leadership Conference for the Michigan Chapter
  • TRiO Day Celebrations and Career Fairs
  • Work Study Program – Lansing City Council, MSU Student Support Services and MSU Office of Financial Aid
  • Service learning, sailing, golf and community service activities
  • Major cultural events at the Wharton Center
  • Academic enrichment, evaluation, ACT prep, financial literacy, STEM activities, and Day @ State
  • MSU Legacy Awards for students who attend MSU
  • Personal development – counseling workshop series on various topics

“I am proud to report that 22 of 23 students from our 2015 class are graduating from high school on schedule and 100 percent of our graduating seniors have been accepted to college,” Hammond said. “Seven of our graduating seniors will be attending MSU, 5 will be attending Lansing Community College and 10 will be attending other colleges and universities including Ferris State University, Olivet College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University and North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Congratulations to all of our 2015 graduating seniors on a job well-done!”

For nearly 50 years, MSU’s Upward Bound program has helped hundreds of high school youth in the Lansing area from low-income families, and/or families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree, to complete high school and enter a post-secondary educational institution. This is accomplished by providing fundamental support and academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, career exploration, cultural enrichment, and work-study programs are also offered. The Upward Bound Program at Michigan State University motivates talented students from low-income families to complete high school and enter a post-secondary educational institution. Using Federal TRiO program funds, and resources from Michigan State University, the program identifies students in the Lansing area and assists them in developing the academic and social skills necessary for matriculation in post-secondary education.

Photos from the 2015 Upward Bound Senior Celebration can be viewed here.

For more information about MSU’s Upward Bound program, visit www.upwardbound.msu.edu.