Program Encourages Students to Push Forward

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

July 11, 2006

Statistics show that there is a huge difference among racial, ethnic, and under-privileged groups when it comes to college admission.

A program at the University of Virginia is working to close that gap with high school students in Central Virginia.

Every summer UVA is home to around sixty of Central Virginia's shining high school students.

For six weeks they study, live, eat and breathe on grounds; just like any other UVA student.

The only difference is this program is to help prepare them for life after high school.

"I've learned a lot about test-taking skills, how to pass your SATs, and easy ways of picking colleges," said Joshua Gilbert, who attends Charlottesville High School.

Albemarle High student, Stefan Peters said, "When I get back to school in the fall, its helped me be prepared and have an extra understanding of the material so I am ahead of the class."

"It's given me more of an opportunity to be able to fulfill the dream of being able to go to college and be able to pay for it especially," said Christina Profitt, a student at William Monroe in Greene County.

Jeffrey Carey is a student at Orange County High School who has been with Upward Bound for the past three years.

He says one of the biggest influences for him is the dedicated staff members who make this program a reality.

"When ever you have a problem, not matter what the content of the problem is. You can go to them for help basically," said Carey.

April Salisbury, a Western Albemarle student, said, "When I just have this opportunity in front of me to help me go far in life, I just want to grab it and just go ahead with college and my career."

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