July 29, 2015
Upward Bound Recognizes Students
His family moved to the United States while he was young and he began attending school. He had no idea how to enter or succeed in college.
The Alvin Community College Upward Bound program provided him with the guidance he needed, Patel said. He was the guest speaker during the Upward Bound’s Recognition Dinner on July 21.
“It helps you grow up to be who you want to be,” he said of the program. “It helps you become a better person.”
Upward Bound helped him apply to college, learn about finances, apply for financial aid and prepare for college life.
“This motivated me to make sure I was successful,” he said.
Patel graduated from the program in 2010 and in 2013 he received a Biochemistry degree from Texas A&M University. He now works as a researcher with Texas Children’s Hospital.
Upward Bound seeks to motivate low-income and/or potential first-generation college students and help them develop the skills they need to complete secondary education and succeed at the postsecondary educational institution of their choice. The purpose of the program is to build confidence and self-esteem, while providing the necessary tools and guidance to foster academic success.
The federally-funded program is created by the Department of Education and works with Alvin High School students.
Upward Bound students receive tutoring for their classes; take campus tours of Texas colleges; participate in academic and athletic competitions as well as receive help applying for college and financial aid.
Since the program began in 2004, 128 students have graduated from Upward Bound and more than half have finished their college education.
Several Upward Bound students were recognized during the annual dinner for academic and leadership achievements.
Students recognized for the 2014-15 school year are:
Graduate of the Year - Bryan Easton
Upward Bound Student of the Year - Ester Jimenez
Volunteer of the Year - Ethan Jenkins
Rising Star - Allison DeWeese
Spirit of Upward Bound - Jose Medrano
Leadership Award - Julie Higuera
Ms. Manners - Taylor Easton
Mr. Manners - Gerry Flannel
Most Improved - Kylie Moore
Good Citizen Award - Sofie Aguilar Teacher of the Year - Lenny Garcia