INSTITUTE, W.Va. - Jessica Lynch will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon of the annual Upward Bound Leadership Summit beginning Saturday at West Virginia State University.
The Upward Bound will begin 9 a.m. Saturday in Wallace Hall where high school students and their parents will have the opportunity to attend workshops preparing them for college and finding scholarships.
A luncheon will follow the workshops at noon in the Wilson University Union where Lynch will speak.
Lynch, a West Virginia native and resident of Palestine, was captured by enemy forces in Iraq after her convoy got lost and was attacked in 2003
Then a private in the U.S. Army, Lynch was rescued by U.S. Special Operations Forces after being and held for nine days in a hospital, the first successful rescue of an American POW since World War II.
She is a speaker on overcoming obstacles and how perseverance helped her survive captivity.
"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. "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."
Upward Bound began in 2007 at West Virginia State. 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 programs established at West Virginia State that identifies and provides 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, call 304 766-3120.