For six weeks this summer, 55 high school students are getting a taste of college life – living on campus, participating in personal growth workshops, visiting other college campuses and taking rigorous courses in math, literature, composition, foreign languages, science, public speaking and music.
The summer residential experience is part of CLU’s Upward Bound program that motivates and prepares low-income and potential first-generation college students to continue their education.
Thanks to more than $3 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the largest five-year awards CLU has ever received for the program, the University will add 60 students a year from two Los Angeles County high schools, while continuing to serve 86 students a year from Oxnard’s public high schools.
In the last five years, CLU’s TRIO Traditional Upward Bound program has served more than 250 students whose GPAs upon acceptance ranged from 1.5 to 4.2. All of them graduated from high school, and 96 percent enrolled in post-secondary institutions. This year’s 27 graduating seniors have all enrolled in colleges.