Lyon College’s APPLE Project Upward Bound has been awarded a competitive discretionary grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help area high school students prepare for college entry and graduation. This award totals over $2 million earmarked for services to students who meet low-income and first-generation eligibility requirements.
The APPLE Project Upward Bound serves 87 students each year from Batesville, Southside, Midland, Mountain View, Cave City, Cedar Ridge, Newport, and Jackson County. Students can apply following completion of 8th grade, and once admitted they remain in the program until they finish high school.
APPLE UB students participate in both an academic year program and a residential summer program and receive services including college preparatory and college credit instruction; tutoring, mentoring, and individual advising; college/career planning, including college campus visits and admissions and financial aid support; assistance with fees for college application and entrance testing; economic and financial literacy instruction; and cultural, social, and recreational enrichment. Open communication with participants’ families increases their comfort level with the postsecondary environment. All services are provided free of charge to participants and their families.
With a focus on helping students with college readiness, APPLE UB also offers a special Bridge Scholarship that allows a few select students enjoy a fourth, or sometimes fifth, summer in the program after they graduate from high school. During the Bridge component, students take college credit courses paid for by the program while working in a campus work study position where they are exposed to careers requiring a postsecondary degree and are matched, as much as possible, in fields related to their career and educational interests.
Although some APPLE UB students enroll at Lyon College following high school graduation, many decide to pursue higher education at other institutions. Currently, APPLE UB alums can be found in both 2-year institutions and 4-year institutions, in public institutions as well as private institutions, and in Arkansas institutions as well as out-of-state institutions.
During the academic year and summer programs, APPLE UB employs 20-30 Lyon students to work with participants, providing an excellent opportunity for current Lyon students interested in pursuing a career working with adolescents and young adults. In addition, Lyon faculty and staff as well as area high school faculty provide hands-on instruction to students in core subject areas as well as special elective courses. APPLE UB also looks for individuals from the community to share information about their own college and career experiences with participants.
Lyon’s APPLE Project Upward Bound, part of the TRIO grant family, first received funding in 1967, making this the 50th year of college access programming that Lyon has provided to the local community. APPLE UB will celebrate this milestone anniversary later in the year and encourages anyone with ties to the program as a former participant or staff member to join in the celebration. Please contact Jeanette Youngblood at 870-307-7263 or firstname.lastname@example.org to share alumni information or to get more information about the program.
Photo: APPLE UB students build a tower of raw spaghetti noodles and marshmallows in order to practice their teamwork, leadership, and communication skills as part of the program’s mentoring activities.
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