Hampton, Va. – Hampton University is a prestigious institution dedicated to seeing young men and women receive a top quality education regardless of their background. Those efforts were recently furthered when the university was granted funding for HU’s Upward Bound program, which will address the needs of 60 low income and potential first-generation college students in Newport News Public Schools. The project will run from September 2017 through 2022 with one goal, develop the skills and motivation necessary for students to complete a rigorous secondary and, subsequently, post-secondary education.
“For decades, Hampton University’s Upward Bound program exposed thousands of high school students to the rigorous curricula required to successfully matriculate to college. After a five year hiatus, we are very excited to bring the Upward Bound program back to Hampton University and to deploy evidence-based interventions proven to optimize student achievement,” said Mikael Davis, Director of Hampton University’s Student Support Services program.
“The Upward Bound program will provide a cadre of Newport News Public School students with individual, small group, and online tutoring; advice and assistance in post-secondary course selection; and preparation to improve their performance on the SAT and ACT exams,” said Hampton University’s Vice President of Administrative Services Dr. Barbara Inman.
Students will also benefit from on-campus workshops held during the academic year, which affords participants the opportunity to explore careers and develop time management and problem solving skills. During the summer months, graduated “academically eligible” seniors will receive individualized college counseling and enroll in Hampton University’s Summer Bridge courses to earn college credit. The remaining graduated participants will enroll in noncredited courses. In turn, students will reduce their need to pay for remedial courses as undergraduates while shortening the time it takes to complete their degree.