Former Upward Bound participant at PSC earns prestigious award

Christopher Taylor

Christopher Taylor, a former participant in the Upward Bound program at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, was recently recognized as West Virginia’s TRiO Achiever. On hand for the presentation was the former director of the Upward Bound program at PSC, DeAnn Greenawalt.

Christopher Taylor was recently recognized as West Virginia’s TRiO Achiever during this year’s Mid-Eastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MEAEOPP) Annual TRiO Achiever’s Banquet which was held at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Md.

Taylor is a 2003 graduate of Keyser High School, was a participant in the Upward Bound program at Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University and is a 2008 graduate of Marshall University (MU).

Taylor has long been an active participant of the TRiO programs. During high school he participated in Upward Bound at PSC and while attending MU he participated in Student Support Services.

Taylor earned this award by successfully marking his educational and career journey by earning a bachelor’s degree in integrated science and technology with a concentration in computer forensics and while developing his leadership and professional skills by working for Upward Bound at Potomac State, where he served as a staff member and mentor. He also worked as a resident hall director for three summer components, providing guidance to Upward Bound participants from area high schools. Most recently, Taylor has volunteered his time to advocate in Washington D.C. on behalf of the TRiO programs, to which he attributes his educational success.

In his acceptance speech, Taylor spoke of the many opportunities afforded him because of his participation in Upward Bound, “I have always believed in myself and knew that I could make a difference somewhere in life but the opportunity to join TRiO gave me unlimited resources. When I started the Upward Bound Program at Potomac State College, I didn’t realize it was the beginning of my academic and career searching journey.”

After working as a trusted agent for Senture Security Solutions, Taylor traveled to Korea where he taught English. He currently work’s on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement team as a litigation support analyst and is enrolled at the University of Maryland in pursuit of his master’s degree in cyber-security.

TRiO programs are a set of Federally-funded college opportunity programs designed to motivate and support students who are first in their family to attend college or who are from disadvantaged backgrounds. The TRiO programs assists students in overcoming academic and social obstacles they may encounter in their pursuit of a college degree.