Mercer University now accepting applications for Upward Bound program


MACON, Ga. – Applications are currently being accepted for Mercer University’s Upward Bound program. The federally funded program provides fundamental support to participants in preparation for college entrance as well as opportunities for them to succeed in precollege performance and, ultimately, in higher-education pursuits.

Ninth- through 12th-grade students who live in and attend high school in Bibb County are eligible for the program that serves students from low-income families and families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. Also eligible are low-income, first-generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education.

The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. All services provided are free of charge.

“Upward Bound is a unique opportunity for students and parents to understand the realities of and to gain assistance with preparing for college,” said Kimberly Flanders, educational specialist with the Upward Bound program.

An application for the 2013-2014 school year should be completed and returned by Friday, Aug. 30, at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit, or call (478) 301-2099.

About Mercer University

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,300 students in 12 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing, health professions, and continuing and professional studies – on campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah – and four regional academic centers across the state. The Mercer Health Sciences Center, launched July 1, 2012, includes the University’s medical, nursing, health sciences and pharmacy schools. Mercer is affiliated with four teaching hospitals – Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The University also has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. It operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program.

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