Upward Bound students in front of touring bus that traveled to colleges in Illinois.

Ten Upward Bound students headed for college

The Upward Bound students at Glen Oaks Community College (above) toured colleges in Illinois after completing a six-week Summer Academy. They left the Glen Oaks campus early in the morning and toured the DePaul and Northwestern Universities.

Upward Bound Director Cynthia Copney said, “This year, Upward Bound had 10 seniors graduate and enter college. That is 100% of our graduates heading for college this fall.” Upward Bound is a federal education program designed to prepare qualifying high school students for college. Program participants are in grades 9 through 12 from Three Rivers and Sturgis High Schools.

Following is a list of the graduates and the colleges they will attend:

Luther Baldwin – Glen Oaks Community College
Alexis Bradshaw – Western Michigan University
Tyler Dutcher – Glen Oaks Community College
Abigail Fortoso – Grand Valley State University
Alexander Foster – Glen Oaks Community College
Priscilla Macias – Glen Oaks Community College
Allison Perry – Glen Oaks Community College
Asia Rivers – Central Michigan University
Elizabeth Sanchez – Michigan State University
Jessica Spain – Western Michigan University

Eight of the 10 seniors received Upward Bound Scholarships. Luther Baldwin received the Ernest R. Graham Scholarship, and Alexis Bradshaw, Tyler Dutcher, Abigail Fortoso, Priscilla Macias, Allison Perry, Asia Rivers and Elizabeth Sanchez received the Upward Bound “Invest In You” Scholarship. To qualify for the Invest in You Scholarship, students must complete high school with a 3.0 or higher Grade Point Average.

Morgan Jones, Reynaldo Mata, Jr., Christina Morrison and Daija Parham had perfect attendance during the Summer Academy. Tay’Sheah-Vion King is the Most Improved Student, and Christina Morrison and Jamie Rivers are the Outstanding Students.