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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

May 23, 2017

Upward Bound summer programs welcoming 109 high school students

Northwest Missouri State University will welcome high school students from throughout the region when its Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) programs host their annual six-week residential summer component, June 4 through July 15.

The programs help students bridge the gap between high school and college while providing an environment for them to experience college life and independent living. The programs assist students with enhancing their academic, social, leadership and cultural competency skills to become forward thinkers in education.

The programs operate under the umbrella of TRIO, a federally recognized educational outreach program designed for students with disadvantaged backgrounds.

“Our goal is to prepare students for admission to and graduation from four-year post-secondary institutions,” Cassie Tavorn, director of TRIO programs at Northwest, said. “Each program also offers academic-year sessions, providing students further academic instruction, tutoring and counseling as a follow-up to summer activities. These prestigious scholarly programs prepare our students to be a cut above their peers in navigating their learning and knowledge skills at a higher level.”

Upward Bound will host 64 students representing King City, Maryville, Northeast Nodaway, Rock Port, Stanberry, Tarkio and West Nodaway schools. They will receive instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature and foreign languages as well as assistance with reading, writing and study skills among other subjects.

Additionally, the program is continuing its Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) component, through which fathers of participating students volunteer with the program for a day and engage in students’ success. In conjunction with a college jump-start package of academic, financial and personal counseling, the summer program will culminate with a week-long cultural visit to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

UBMS will host 45 students from 16 high schools in the four-state area of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. It allows students interested in STEM-related career fields opportunities to explore and learn in a highly intensive science-focused summer environment. Students also enrich their social, cultural and leadership skills with the help of high school teachers and university professors. 


About Northwest TRIO programs

Northwest’s Upward Bound, founded in 1986, has helped hundreds of high school students realize their goals of attending college and finding success. The program annually serves 80 high school students from seven high schools in northwest Missouri: King City, Maryville, Northeast Nodaway, Rock Port, Stanberry, Tarkio and West Nodaway. Open to students who are in their freshman year of high school or older, Upward Bound helps students build self-confidence while preparing them for the academic, social and cultural challenges of college life.

Launched at Northwest in 1988, Student Support Services includes a variety of campus programs dedicated to helping students meet their academic needs and successfully complete their undergraduate degrees. The office offers a variety of resources, including peer mentors who have intricate knowledge of what it takes to be academically successful during college and are available to meet with students in need of assistance.

Upward Bound Math and Science was founded at Northwest in 1990 and is a six-week, hands-on summer learning experience for eligible high school students interested in careers in a math or science field. The life-enhancing college-prep program helps students explore math, science and technology topics while exposing them to a university campus and reducing anxieties about college. Northwest’s program draws students from 18 high schools throughout Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas, who live in campus residence halls while receiving instruction from skilled college and high school faculty.

Northwest TRIO programs are funded 100 percent by highly-competitive federal grants and are staffed by eight full-time professionals. For more information about TRIO programs at Northwest, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468