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HOMER-CENTER: Upward Bound program aids student in math, science

by SAM KIMMEL, Gazette Student News Reporter on November 02, 2012 10:45 AM

HOMER CITY -- Are you a student Homer Center High School student who is aspiring to go to college, but needs a little help? Do you need tutoring or homework help? Maybe you just need someone to talk to. The Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS) Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania provides all of those things and more.

Dr. Calvin Masilela is the program's director and overlooks all decisions made. Along with him is Connie Kugel, the assistant director of UBMS, who assists Dr. Masilela and helps keep the successful program running.

Academic counselor Jacque Benhart works in assisting the young scholars who come into the program with their academic needs, problems and questions. Without the three of these fine people, this program wouldn't be the success that it is today. Recently the program was in jeopardy when the funding they receive hit its "end."

UBMS is funded through a grant in which Hilary Staples, the assistant director of the McNair Scholars Program, along with Dr. Masilela wrote an essay for an application to receive the funding. Thanks to their efforts UBMS can proceed on.

IUP was only one of only two programs in Pennsylvania have been awarded funding. Because of the funding that they have received, they can continue their efforts in strengthening the math and science skills of high school students who are economically disadvantaged and have the opportunity to be first-generation college students. Through this program great friendships are made along with opportunities to get your foot in the door as a high school student looking to go to college who needs a little help.

I know firsthand how successful this program is because I am a scholar in this program and without them I don't know if it would've been possible to be accepted into the University of Alabama. This program can help you reach your dreams, so take advantage of the great opportunity.

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