TRIO Upward Bound @ The University of Montevallo

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University of Montevallo TRIO Upward Bound
Upward Bound prepares high school students for success

Upward Bound is a Federal TRIO Program that provides academic and personal support necessary for potential first-generation college students and/or economically disadvantaged youth to complete both high school and college.

At the University of Montevallo, Upward Bound serves 9th-12th grade students in Chilton, Bibb, and select Shelby County schools.

All services are provided at no cost to program participants and their parents.

Meet the Staff

Experienced Education Professionals
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Sharon Gilbert, MEd

Director
Mrs. Gilbert has been with the TRIO Upward Bound Program since 1991, and has been the director since 2006. She has a Master of Education degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Montevallo.
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Mary Jo Buff, MEd, MA

Academic Coordinator
Mrs. Buff has been with the TRIO Upward Bound program since 1995. Before that, she was a teacher in both public and private schools. She has a Master of Education in Language Arts from the University of Alabama and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Montevallo.
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Melissa Edwards, MEd

Student Development Coordinator
Mrs. Edwards has been with the TRIO Upward Bound program since 2013, and worked at SafeHouse of Shelby County before that. She has a Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Montevallo.
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Paul G. Barnes, MS, MA

Educational Technology Coordinator
Mr. Barnes has been with Upward Bound since 1999 and before that he worked in the mental health and technology fields. He has a Master of Science Degree in Agency Counseling from the University of South Alabama, and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Montevallo.

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