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Upward Bound Graduate to Receive National Award

Story posted September 15, 1997


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Rev. James L. Nadeau, rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland and a graduate of the Bowdoin College Upward Bound program, will be recognized as one of five TRIO Achievers at the annual conference of the National Council of Educational Opportunity Associations in New Orleans on Monday, September 8.

The award is given annually to distinguished alumni of TRIO programs, a group of federally funded initiatives designed to provide increased access to higher education to low-income Americans.

A Caribou native, Father Nadeau participated in Bowdoin's Upward Bound program from 1977 to 1979 while attending Caribou High School.

The son of young parents, neither of whom had more than an eighth-grade education, Nadeau earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College. He holds advanced theological degrees from Gregorian University in Rome and has studied at Edinburgh University in Scotland, the Institute Universaire de Technologie in France, Hebrew University in Israel, and the University of Copenhagen.

In November 1993, Nadeau became the youngest priest ever to serve as rector of Portland's Cathedral. He ministers to a congregation of more than 2,000 parishioners, many of whom are recent immigrants. In addition, Nadeau serves on the faculty at the University of New England.

Nadeau has attributed much of his success to the start he received in Upward Bound.

"As I look back, I know that the Upward Bound program was instrumental in my higher education. ...I know that I would not be here and be doing the ministry I do if the Upward Bound Program had not been with me," Nadeau said.

"I can truly say that the day that the Bowdoin College Upward Bound Program accepted me, they did much more than help me with my 'books.' They changed my life and for that I am forever grateful.

Nadeau previously served parishes in Biddeford and Fort Kent. He is the son of Reginald and Kathleen Nadeau of Caribou.

About Upward Bound

A federally funded program, Upward Bound is one of five TRIO programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Previous TRIO Achievers, all of them alumni of TRIO programs, have included U.S. congressmen Albert Wynn (Texas) and Henry Bonilla (Maryland), television news correspondent John Quinones, NBA star A.C. Green, and Barbara Harmon-Schamberger, a Rhodes Scholar and former secretary of education and the arts in West Virginia.

Designed to provide low-income Maine students with the academic and personal support necessary for success in higher education, the Bowdoin Upward Bound program has served approximately 1,500 students in its 31-year history. Established in 1966 as part of the federal government's war on poverty, the Bowdoin Upward Bound program serves 100 Maine high school students each year.

Students attend a six-weed academic program on the Bowdoin campus during the summer and receive individual college, financial aid, and academic counseling during the school year. Typically, more than 85 percent of the program's graduates enroll in college upon completion of high school.

Nearly all of them represent the first generation in their family to enroll in higher education.

For more information contact: Helen Pelletier, Upward Bound director, at 725-3559.

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