Michigan State’s Upward Bound program took 57 students on a tour of four universities

Michigan State’s Upward Bound program took 57 students on a tour of four universities in Washington D.C. and Virgina Beach as apart of their annual "Study Trip" designed for students to gain cultural experiences.

Upward Bound is a federally funded program that was created to assist high school students with exceptional academic potential from disadvantaged backgrounds with preparing for a post-secondary education. MSU’s chapter of Upward Bound, founded in 1966, partners with Everett, Sexton and Eastern High Schools to enroll approximately 125 Lansing area high school students to help them with financial aid counseling, admissions and more. 

“Upward Bound of Michigan State University is about changing lives.  Facilitating academic prowess in post-secondary environments, focusing on the development of strong coping skills, building confidence and helping each student to create a personal vision for his or her life success is our focus,” said Dr. Stephanie Anthony, program director and coordinator. “The University throwing itself 100% behind the Upward Bound program despite the federal funding challenges of the past is a move that speaks volumes about MSU’s commitment to the Lansing community. It’s an honor to be a part of such a great tradition and a great partnership.” 

Students visited William and Mary College (Williamsburg, VA), Hampton University (Hampton, VA), Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) and St. Vincent College (Latrobe, PA). While there, the students attended a Pittsburgh Steeler's Training Camp, a Fighter Plane Air Show, The International Spy Museum in D.C. and had a presentation from an Upward Bound of Michigan State/Sexton High School graduate who attended Hampton University and is now a Pediatric Dentist in D.C. among other activities.

“Upward Bound is so much fun! I tell my friends about it all the time,” said Samaya Plater, a sophomore student in the program. “I tell them that it’s a program that you have got to take seriously though, because it takes a lot of hard work to get through it. I have had so many opportunities to do and learn new things that it is definitely worth it.”

 Minimum requirements for participation include maintaining an overall GPA of 2.5 or above and 100 % completion of the required 18 hours of community service.