LORETTO — The Saint Francis Upward Bound Program, in its 54th year, is now accepting applications for college-bound teens in Cambria County.
Upward Bound is designed to help students prepare for and pursue a college degree after high school graduation, according to a release by Saint Francis University. The program is cost-free for participants and provides SAT and college application fee waivers.
Anne Heinzeroth, Upward Bound Director, said when she was in high school, she participated in the program.
“I know what an impact it had on my decision to go to college,” she said. “Since I began working with the program over 25 years ago, I’ve seen it dramatically change the trajectory of so many students’ lives.”
Each summer, participants live on the university’s campus for six weeks, attending academic classes. The program also sponsors tutorials, a work-study component, volunteer opportunities and cultural activities during the summer. During the school year, students participate in Saturday follow-ups held on Saint Francis’ campus.
Additional academic year activities include college visits, SAT cram sessions, FAFSA — Free Application for Federal Student Aid — completion nights and college fairs. Upward Bound staff provides students with assistance in completing their college and scholarship applications.
Upward Bound has prepared more than 2,500 qualifying students for the challenges of college, according to the release. Each year, the program provides services to 110 students.
Alyssa Beiswenger is a 2019 alumna of the Saint Francis Upward Bound program.