LSSC TRiO Programs News

As of September 1, 2018, the Lake-Sumter State College TRiO programs (Upward Bound and Talent Search) have both received a 4.25% increase in funding. Both grants will now be able to service more students in Lake and Sumter counties as a result of this increase. Check out more about our programs by clicking on our newsletter below!

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LSSC Receives 5-year, $1.3m Upward Bound Grant Renewal


LEESBURG, Fla. (August 4, 2017) –  Lake-Sumter State College has received a 5-year renewal of a 1.3 million dollar federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education for Upward Bound, a federal TRiO program. 

Since 1964, Upward Bound has dramatically impacted the lives and trajectories of countless students and their families across the US. Upward Bound serves first-generation and students from disadvantaged backgrounds and helps them prepare for and enter college. 

“At Lake-Sumter State College, this major federal investment in our local Lake County community pays incredible dividends for the lives and futures of low income and first generation students,” says Dr. Claire Brady, vice president for enrollment and student affairs. “Not only do we invest deeply in our Upward Bound students, these students invest deeply in themselves by making a four year commitment to attending Saturday school, after-school tutoring, and summer learning programs.”  

LSSC’s Upward Bound program serves students from high schools across Lake County:  Eustis High School, Mount Dora High School, Leesburg High School, Tavares High School, and Umatilla High School. 

“Our program provides students with the support and resources they need to graduate high school and pursue postsecondary education at much higher rates than local and state averages,” said Nicole Duslak, director of Educational Opportunity Programs. 

Lake-Sumter State College also receives an Educational Talent Search grant through TRiO programs to serve students at high schools across Lake and Sumter Counties.

 Students holding awardRecent high school graduates in the Upward Bound program are celebrated at the
“Friends of TRiO Banquet” held in May at Lake-Sumter State College. 


About Lake-Sumter State College

Founded in 1962, Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC) offers high-quality education at an affordable price to the communities of Lake and Sumter counties. As a proud member of the Florida College System, LSSC serves more than 7,000 students annually at three locations: Leesburg, South Lake (Clermont), and Sumterville. LSSC offers certificate and degree programs designed to support and prepare students for today’s dynamic workforce. LSSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Through a DirectConnect partnership with the University of Central Florida, students graduating with an Associate in Arts are guaranteed admission to the UCF. Learn more about LSSC at