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Upward Bound director assumes leadership role

June 3, 2014



Avila University was featured prominently in the Summer 2014 newsletter for the MO-KAN-NE region of Upward Bound, the federally-funded program that takes first-generation and/or low-income high school students and prepares them for college.

Anna McDonaldIn fact, the Avila Upward Bound program literally was “In the Spotlight,” featured on page 2 of the newsletter. The full-page article focused on the highlights of Avila’s UB project, including the work study program, preparations for the ACT standardized testing, common reading program, first year seminar and college knowledge/scholarship writing.

In addition Avila’s director of Upward Bound, Anna McDonald, was recognized as one of the most recent inductees into the organization’s Emerging Leaders Institute. The Emerging Leaders Institute is a year-long leadership development program designed to inspire and cultivate strong leadership within the association. The program combines professional development, networking opportunities and hands-on experience to prepare prospective leaders for greater involvement in the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP) and its respective chapters.

“I am extremely excited to be part of the Emerging Leader Institute class of 2014,” McDonald wrote in the newsletter. “I have already learned so much about MAEOPP and my leadership skills that I cannot wait to see what is next for our class.”

The Avila Upward Bound program serves 74 students at Grandview and Ruskin High schools in the Kansas City area. Students who participate attend weekly tutoring sessions and a monthly Saturday study session. Tutoring sessions are designed to help students with their core subjects. Students also receive assistance in other academic areas. In addition to providing extra tutoring for students, Saturday sessions are used to help high school seniors with the college application process. This includes providing assistance with financial aid and scholarship application processes.

Students receive a $30 monthly stipend for participating in tutoring sessions, attending required activities, and following required instructions. Students receive a $60 monthly stipend for participating in the summer program, which takes place in June and July.

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Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.