UNH Celebrates Carol Shea-Porter's Support of Upward Bound
By Erika Mantz, Media Relations
July 23, 2008
U.S. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter met with current participants in
UNH’s Upward Bound program Monday as she was thanked for her support
of the federal program that helps high school students succeed in higher education.
Congresswoman Shea-Porter was instrumental in ensuring U.S. Department of Education
funding for the program continued.
Dan Gordon, director of the Upward Bound program, noted that while the program “has
generally had the support of New Hampshire elected officials (Shea-Porter)
has actively advocated for the needs of our students” and truly understands
that one’s ability to learn is not determined by financial status alone.
UNH’s Upward Bound program is one of more than 700 Upward Bound programs
nationwide that help eligible high school students achieve their dreams of
going on to and being successful in higher education. Eligible students come
from low-income families and/or are first generation potential college students.
Shea-Porter shared with the students that she earned her undergraduate and
graduate degrees at UNH and worked her way through school scraping plates in
the dining hall kitchen. “I know you’re from a group that has to
work a little bit harder,” she told the students, “but my job in
Washington is to make sure you have the same opportunities everyone else has
in this great country… education is the key to prosperity.”
UNH has sponsored an Upward Bound project since 1966. UNH Upward Bound is
100 percent funded by the U.S. Department of Education through a competitive
grant competition every four years. As one of only two Upward Bound projects
in New Hampshire, UNH Upward Bound serves 91 students in six high schools located
in southern and eastern New Hampshire. For more information on UNH’s
Upward Bound visit http://www.upwardbound.unh.edu/index.html. For more information
on Carol Shea-Porter, go to http://shea-porter.house.gov.