Show your love to Upward Bound by celebrating Valentine’s Day at Ruby Tuesday from Feb. 15-17.
A total of 20 percent of your bill will be donated to the West Virginia University Upward Bound. The proceeds will be used to help high school students get a kick-start to their collegiate career by taking a university course for credit.
Upward Bound is a federally funded program designed to help high school students overcome social, cultural and academic barriers to higher education. Upward Bound serves up to 60 students from Clay-Battelle, Grafton and Preston High Schools. All students will be the first in their families to earn a four-year degree, meet income-eligibility requirements (150% of the federal poverty line) and/or are academically at-risk. Two-thirds of all Upward Bound students are first-generation college and low-income.
“High school students aren’t eligible to receive financial aid, so taking college courses before graduation is a privilege that is usually reserved for students whose families can afford the costs,” said Upward Bound Director Fran Bennett. “With your help, high-achieving UB students will be afforded the same opportunity as their peers.
“Taking courses while in high school will help prepare students for the academic rigor necessary to complete a degree, graduate in a timelier manner by starting with credits under their belts, and reduce their college debt load by decreasing the amount of time they are enrolled in school,” Bennett said.
To participate, download a copy of the community GiveBack program flyer from http://upwardbound.wvu.edu, or show it on your smartphone to your wait staff at Ruby Tuesday (512 Venture Drive in Morgantown). For reservations, call 304-292-6633 or go to http://rubytuesday.com.
Ruby Tuesday cannot accommodate coupon usage or other discounts in conjunction with the community GiveBack program. Donations may also be made directly to Upward Bound by visiting http://sadevelopment.wvu.edu/.
For more information about Upward Bound, call 304-293-6199 or email UpwardBound@mail.wvu.edu.
CONTACT: Frances Bennett, Upward Bound
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