Concord University Upward Bound Program Receives $640,000-Plus In Federal Funding

For Immediate Release: 
Jun 03 2012

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. - Concord University’s Upward Bound Program has received more than $640,000 in federal funding for two programs that provide academic skills and motivation for area high school students in their pursuit of a college degree.

A grant in the amount of $390,929 was awarded to continue service to 87 eligible participants annually from five rural target high schools in McDowell, Mercer and Summers counties.

A new program that will serve 60 additional eligible participants per year from Princeton and PikeView high schools in Mercer County, and James Monroe High School in Monroe County is being funded through a second grant for $249,960.

These grants are for the first budget period that runs from Sept.1, 2012 through Aug. 31, 2013. It is anticipated that the grants will be for a total of five years.

The Concord University Upward Bound Program was highlighted in the 2012 U.S. Department of Education’s Programs of Excellence, the only program nationwide to receive this distinction.

Pamela D. McPeak is Director of the Upward Bound Program at Concord and has served in that capacity since 1996. Other staff members include: Barbara Rush, Lead Counselor; Michael Craighead, Outreach Counselor; and Melissa Richmond, Grant Resource Associate.

Students participating in Upward Bound receive tutorial assistance at their local high schools, attend Saturday enrichment sessions, and spend six weeks each summer in a residential college setting at Concord University where they receive instruction by certified school teachers in math, English, reading, science, foreign language, computer technology and other academic classes.

Students receive assistance with financial aid, college admissions, scholarships, the ACT and SAT tests and career counseling. The program also allows students to participate in cultural trips, campus visits to in-state and out-of-state colleges and many other activities.

Upward Bound is one of eight outreach and student services Federal TRIO Programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO programs assist low-income, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to successfully progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

Federal TRIO Programs were established by the Higher Education Act of 1965, and amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, public or private agencies or organizations, including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth, secondary schools, and combinations of institutions, agencies, organizations, and secondary schools.