Feb. 17, 2004

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Contact: Zsashamica "Mica" Slappy, (785) 864-9686.

KU Upward Bound program schedules February visits toTopeka high schools

LAWRENCE -- Cody Quintero, representing the Upward Bound program at the University of Kansas, will visit parents and high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors in Lawrence, Topeka and Kansas City, Kan., on an ongoing basis during spring semester 2004 to fill 15 openings in a U.S. Department of Education program that offers free assistance to college-bound students of all races.

Upcoming visits scheduled include:

 • Topeka West High School, 2001 S.W. Fairlawn Road, 11:20 a.m. to 1:21 p.m., Feb. 20; Susie Murphy, Paula Vinson and Gail Kaiser, contact counselors.

 • Topeka High School, 800 W. 10th Ave., 11:10 a.m. to 1:20 p.m., Feb. 27; Pat Bordewick, contact counselor.

KU's Upward Bound program includes about 75 high school students from Wyandotte and Douglas counties and selected high schools in Shawnee County who participate in a year-round program and intensive summer institute at KU to prepare for college. Representatives schedule visits at Free State High School and Lawrence High School in Douglas County; F.L. Schlagle High School, J.C. Harmon High School, Turner High School, Washington High School and Wyandotte High School in Wyandotte County; and Highland Park High School, Topeka High School and Topeka West High School in Shawnee County.

To be eligible for the program, students must demonstrate academic potential, want to attend college, meet Department of Education family income guidelines or be the son or daughter of parents who have not received a college degree.

For additional information, parents or students may call Upward Bound program assistants Patti Fugitt or Vincent Edwards in KU's School of Education, (785) 864-3415 or toll-free at (877) 842-5232. More information is also available online at www.ku.edu/~eop/UpwardBound.

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