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Upward Bound slates TRIO Day events

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 23, 2005) -- The Upward Bound program at Ohio University will be celebrating National TRIO Day on Saturday, Feb. 26, with its own schedule of events planned from 1 to 4 p.m. at Irvine Auditorium on the Athens campus. Congress established National TRIO Day in 1986 as a way to recognize the success of TRIO programs and the achievements of its participants.

The event this year holds special sway, according to Ayanna Jordan, director of Upward Bound, which is part of TRIO. "This year's celebration is especially significant as President Bush's budget for 2006 proposes Congress to eliminate over 48 educational programs, two of which, Upward Bound and Talent Search, are TRIO programs," she said, adding more than 13,000 Ohio high school and middle school students could lose their college access programs and $13.6 million in federal funding would be lost if Congress lets the Bush budget proposal stand.

Ohio University's Upward Bound program was established in 1967 to provide educational, social and cultural service to potential first-generation college students in southeast Ohio and surrounding areas. All participants develop academic skills necessary to finish high school and begin postsecondary education through tutoring, career advising and a six-week summer program of academic study on the Athens campus.

TRIO programs began in 1964 with Upward Bound to provide opportunities to encourage high school students to attend college. Today, TRIO programs have expanded and provide a wide range of services to help students achieve postsecondary education. Ohio University operates three TRIO programs: Upward Bound, College Adjustment Program (CAP) and the McNair Scholars Program.

For more information on TRIO Day events at OU, contact Jordan at 593-4432 or jordana@ohio.edu.  

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