Here at the University of Oklahoma, our Sooner Upward Bound students are some of the most remarkable young people in Oklahoma City. We would like them to start out their first year of college ready to perform through their writing, presentations, and networking in the demanding academic environment. Through this campaign we would like to send each of our 14 senior students to college with their own laptop computer.
Being low-income and living in some of the roughest parts of town can cause a great deal of stress for our students. They deal with hunger, homelessness, and crime in their homes and communities. Many also face pressure to work instead of attending college. Sooner Upward Bound (SUB) inspires our students to strive for success despite these limitations, and we get results!
Two of our seniors are recipients of the OU Presidential Community Scholarship among other awards: Gregoria Arredondo and Nathaniel Bullock. Gregoria was also the first student to be admitted to OU for the 2016-17 freshman class, and SUB participant Manuel Aldana recently received the honor of top Senior forat U.S. Grant High School. All of our students are active in their schools, serving as leaders, tutors, and mentors. Many are also involved in school sports or supplemental academic programs.
(Watch the Admission Ceremony at US Grant High Schoo here!)
In Upward Bound, students learn through real world experiences how to develop resilience, cultivate grit, and open their minds
Students who are admitted into our programs receive a number of benefits that last long past their high school graduation into their first years of college.
Upward Bound activities include:
A six-week summer academic academy on a university campus to experience college life first hand, in addition to character building trips and events
Advanced classes that prepare students for the coming year of high school or college
Educational field trips throughout the school year, including tours of colleges and visits to the state legislature, museums, state and national parks, and other popular educational destinations
Monthly meetings dedicated to college readiness and career development
Volunteering with various nonprofits for community service projects
Quality mentoring toward academic progress and goals during high school and support while attending college.
Sooner Upward Bound is a TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and sponsored by the University of Oklahoma It is available to students from underprivileged backgrounds who attend select high schools in Oklahoma City. We target high-performing students who are achieving high school success, as well as promising students who would benefit from the encouragement of ambitious peers. SUB participants who attend OU for college also receive support from our two other TRIO programs: Project Threshold and the OU McNair Scholars Program.
Our student's success in college can uplift their families and communities. Please join us today in making our student’s first year of college a stunning success!
**We are working with the University of Oklahoma's IT Store to purchase high-quality laptops for a reasonable price between $225 to $475 dollars depending on donations*
More about our program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_dijZWw3gI