Former POW Jessica Lynch to Speak at WVSU Upward Bound Leadership Summit

Contact: Jack Bailey
(304) 766-4109

Sept. 10, 2013
Former POW Jessica Lynch to Speak at WVSU Upward Bound Leadership Summit

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The Upward Bound program at West Virginia State University (WVSU) will begin its fall program with the Annual Leadership Summit Saturday, Sept. 14, beginning at 9 a.m. in Wallace Hall.

High school students and their parents will have the opportunity to attend informative workshops, ranging from preparing for college to finding scholarships.

A luncheon will follow the workshops at noon in the Wilson University Union, featuring keynote speaker Jessica Lynch.

A West Virginia native, Lynch is a former Private First Class in the U.S. Army and a former prisoner of war. She was rescued by U.S. Special Operations Forces in 2003 after being injured and held captive by Iraqi forces for nine days. Her rescue was the first successful rescue of an American POW since World War II.

Lynch now speaks to various groups around the country about overcoming obstacles and how perseverance helped her survive her captivity.  She delivers a message that despite difficult circumstances, a positive outlook and determination can help individuals accomplish their goals. 

“She is an excellent role model who has overcome every barrier placed before her and prevailed,” said Barbara Cary, director of the Upward Bound program at WVSU. “Our students can take a page from her book and reaffirm their commitment to hard work and excellence in pursuing their dreams of becoming teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, or any other profession that they would like to attain.”

Since 2007, the Upward Bound Program at West Virginia State University has been changing the lives of first generation college students.  Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the pre-college program is designed to prepare high school students to enroll and graduate from college. Upward Bound is one of three TRIO programs established at WVSU, designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Upward Bound Math-Science prepares students to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.

For more information about the Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science programs, contact (304) 766-3120.
West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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