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APSU receives funding to continue Tri-County Upward Bound program

Austin Peay State University recently was awarded an annual $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the Tri-County Upward Bound (TCUB) program for the next four years.

Beginning with the 2007-08 academic year, APSU will receive $250,000. That amount could increase each year for the following three years under the grant, said Dan Botula, director of TCUB at APSU. Continued funding in subsequent years is contingent upon U.S. congressional appropriation.

Upward Bound grants were awarded on a competitive basis, Botula said.
Austin Peay State University recently was awarded an annual $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the Tri-County Upward Bound (TCUB) program for the next four years.

Beginning with the 2007-08 academic year, APSU will receive $250,000. That amount could increase each year for the following three years under the grant, said Dan Botula, director of TCUB at APSU. Continued funding in subsequent years is contingent upon U.S. congressional appropriation.

Upward Bound grants were awarded on a competitive basis, Botula said.

TCUB serves 50 high school students from Cheatham, Houston and Stewart counties who are economically disadvantaged and/or potential first-generation college students. During the academic year, TCUB provides in-school counseling and nine monthly Saturday sessions, focusing on building academic skills and cultural enrichment.

TCUB students also attend a six-week residential summer session on the APSU campus, participating in academic classes, recreational activities and cultural trips in the area.

Participants earning at least a 2.8 grade-point average from their summer academic classes are invited to an all-expenses-paid, three-day reward trip to a nearby major city such as Atlanta or Cincinnati.

Also, TCUB participants who graduate from high school and apply to APSU may enroll in two college courses at APSU during the summer term, with all expenses paid for by the program.

For more information about the TCUB at APSU, visit online at www.apsu.edu/tcub. Also, contact Botula by telephone at (931) 221-6410, or by e-mail at botulad@apsu.edu. -- Melony A. Jones