Upward Bound Director Elizabeth Colburn
To Receive Award
Posted January 23, 2002
HOLLAND -- Elizabeth Colburn, director of the TRIO
Upward Bound program at Hope College, is receiving the 2001
"Social Justice Award in Education" from the City of Holland
Human Relations Commission.
Colburn will be recognized during a special awards
presentation scheduled in conjunction with the Holland City
Council meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at Holland
The annual award was established to recognize
persons or programs that have provided exemplary service
with regard to equality for all in the Holland community.
Colburn has been with Upward Bound since 1982, and has been
director since 1987.
"To have that kind of leadership, that kind of
consistency and that kind of dedication is something that
needs to be noted," said Alberto R. Serrano, who is
community/human relations coordinator with the city.
Serrano also cited Colburn's "strong commitment to the
education and overall well-being of youth of all ethnic
The Hope College Upward Bound program, which began
in the fall of 1968, seeks to build skills and motivation
necessary for success in education beyond high school among
students from low-income, first-generation families. The
program enrolls 70 students annually.
The program is one of 600 Upward Bound programs
nationwide, and operates during both the school year and the
summer. Funding is provided through the TRIO program
administered by the U.S. Department of Education.
The program has a full-time staff of four,
including Colburn. Upward Bound also involves about 20 Hope
students, either as tutors or interns, and three teachers.
Colburn started working with Upward Bound at Hope
part-time in 1982 as an English teacher. She joined the
staff full-time in 1985 as academic coordinator, became
associate director in 1986 and was appointed director the
Her community involvement includes serving on the
Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP) Scholarship
Committee; the Holland/Zeeland Area Girls on the Run/Track
Executive Management Committee; the St. Francis de Sales
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Committee; and the Holland Public
Schools Student Support Coalition. She is also on the board
of the college's Project TEACH (Teachers Entering A Career
through Hope) program.
Her professional affiliations include Holland
Hispanic Professionals and Friends; the Association for
Supervision and Curriculum Development; and the Mid-America
Association of Educational Program Personnel.
Prior to coming to the Upward Bound program at
Hope, Colburn had taught English at Missisquoi Valley Union
High School in Swanton, Vt., for three years. She holds a
master's in educational leadership from Western Michigan
University, and a bachelor's in English education from Miami
University of Ohio.