Upward Bound (UB) is a federally-funded TRiO program. Other TRiO programs you may have heard of include: Talent Search, Educational Opportunity Centers, Student Support Services, and the McNair Scholars Program. Each serves a slightly different population and may work in conjunction with one another to support students through varying portions of their academic careers. A full description of each TRiO program may be found on the Council for Opportunity in Education’s website.

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Who we Are and What we Do:

Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRiO program established to help high school students overcome social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education. Upward Bound seeks to first help students achieve academic success in and to graduate from high school, and secondly to encourage enrollment and persistence in post-secondary education. Students participate in weekly tutoring, monthly activities at the high school and on campus, and a residential summer program.

Who is Eligible?

Upward Bound serves students in grades 9 through 12 from Clay-Battelle, Grafton, and Preston high schools, who meet federal eligibility requirements. Eligible students must meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) Students are income-eligible as determined by the federal government 2) Students are first-generation college attendees (neither the student’s mother nor father has graduated with a four-year degree); and/or 3) Students are considered academically at-risk (as defined by the federal government).