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The Upward Bound Program at Winston-Salem State University became the first TRIO program in the state of North Carolina funded to serve 50 participants. It was funded under the Authority of Title IV of the Higher Education Act. In 1964, Chancellor Kenneth R. Williams became aware of the program and hired its first director, Dr. Archie Blount (1964-1971). From 1965-1969, the Upward Bound Program served all male participants. According to Dr. Blount, "my goal was to expose young men to various experiences in hopes that somebody would catch the spirit and keep going with Upward Bound wherever they were going".
After several years, the Upward Bound Program was required to go co-ed (1969). The majority of students went on to post-secondary education.