Upward Bound Students Bridge the Gap

August 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm


Spartanburg, S.C. –

Five participants of the Upward Bound Summer Bridge Program at the University of South Carolina Upstate have been awarded college scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year. 

Zapporyia Belk, a graduate of Gaffney High School, will attend Winthrop University and major in psychology. She has received the Life Scholarship and the Wilkins Scholarship.

Chika Allen, a graduate of Spartanburg High School, will attend the University of South Carolina and major in nursing. She has received the “Hub Buck for Books” Scholarship, the Coca Cola Daniel Morgan Technology Scholarship, and the Life Scholarship.

Jeffrey “AJ” Booker, a graduate of Dorman High School, will attend Newberry College and major in nursing. He will play football on a partial sports scholarship. Booker has received the Dean’s Scholarship, Newberry Support Grant, Life Scholarship, the Rotary West Scholarship, and the Quest Scholarship.

Kenny Mitchell, a graduate of Dorman High School, will attend Lander University and major in business marketing. Mitchell has received the College Hub “Bucks for Books” Scholarship and Abney Foundation Scholarship.

Quante Tucker, a Dorman High School graduate, will attend Lander University and major in business. He also received the College Hub “Bucks for Books” Scholarship.

These scholarship recipients, along with three additional Bridge students:  Jayla Twitty, Tashaun Martin, and Darius Richardson, are attending the Upward Bound Summer Bridge Program. 

Jayla Twitty, a graduate Chesnee High School, will attend Lander University and major in nursing. Darius Richardson, a graduate of Dorman High School, will attend South Carolina State University. Tashaun Martin, a graduate of Dorman High School, will attend the University of South Carolina Upstate.

These students are enrolled in two college courses during summer session and reside on the campus of USC Upstate. This summer program affords students the opportunity to get a jump start on their college career by bridging the gap from high school to college.

“The main objective of Upward Bound is to assist high school seniors in locating and securing scholarships and funding for college entrance and to get them acclimated to college life through the summer bridge program,” said Dr. Cassandra Mitchell, director of Upward Bound at USC Upstate.

Upward Bound is an intensive, academic outreach program that prepares students for higher education through various activities. Upward Bound is one of seven federally-funded TRiO programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Currently TRiO serves more than 800,000 students from middle school through post-graduate students across America.  There are approximately 775 Upward Bound Programs throughout the United States.

To learn more about Upward Bound at USC Upstate, contact Dr. Cassandra Mitchell at 864-503-7402.