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Upward Bound Student Selected as Dell Scholar

Upward Bound Student Selected as Dell Scholar

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University Upward Bound student Justice Ezell, a senior at Lincoln County High School, was the only student in Kentucky to be named a Dell Scholar by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

The foundation’s 11th class of Dell Scholars will provide 300 students with the chance to obtain a college degree. The program offers resources and mentoring, in addition to financial assistance, to ensure underserved students have the comprehensive support needed to successfully earn a bachelor's degree. To be eligible for the program, students must be part of a college access program, such as Upward Bound.

Ezell has been an active member of EKU Upward Bound for three years and has served on its Executive Board and Scholar’s Bowl team. She plans to attend EKU and has been accepted into the EKU Honors Program.

To date the Dell Scholars program has helped a total of 867 students earn a college degree, while another 1,650 are currently working toward graduation. Since the program's inception, $63.9 million has been awarded in scholarships, which includes $20,000 and essential technology for each Dell Scholar.

EKU’s Upward Bound program, funded by the United States Department of Education, has served first-generation high school students from Casey, Estill, Jackson, Lee, Lincoln, Powell and Wolfe counties for more than 46 years.

Anyone interested in learning more about eligibility requirements for EKU Upward Bound or how to support the students of EKU Upward Bound can contact:

Tamara Stewart

►Learn more about the EKU Upward Bound Program.

►Learn more about the Dell Scholars Program.

Published on April 21, 2014

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