Nothing — there is no cost to you.
Their high school principal, counselor, or teacher(s) recommends students. Each student must:
It is reviewed by staff then an interview is set up to determine your level of commitment to the program.
Students who are accepted into Upward Bound are accepted for the remainder of their high school careers provided they keep their grades up and continue to participate. We ask that students attend all Upward Bound sponsored events. Remember, you can't get anything out of a program you don't put anything into. We promise to make an investment in your education, if you promise to invest your time and energy in Upward Bound.
We encourage students to participate in extra-curricular activities in their high schools, whether it is sports, clubs, drama or band. Although we stress commitment to the UB program, we also realize that the best of our students are the ones who participate in various activities.
Yes, you can work, if it does not interfere with Upward Bound required activities and attendance.
Private weekly tutoring, instruction, counseling and academic advisement, workshops on test-taking and Basic Competency Test, and study skills, information on scholarship and financial aid availability and assistance in getting applications for college and scholarships completed, educational and cultural activities, and career guidance.
The Program would like to develop a strong working partnership with each student and his/her family. Therefore, it is important that the family unit consider the following: purpose of the Program, services provided, time commitments for the school year and summer programs, and the importance of open communication.
The summer program runs three weeks in June and three weeks in July. The week of the 4th of July is usually a week off. Students can leave campus for appointments only if the staff has received written notification from the parents IN ADVANCE.
The program provides transportation to sponsored events at the college campus. Families must drop off and pick up their students at their high schools.
No, but the Program will provide advice and guidance for families on ways to make college affordable.
Students receive a small amount of stipend money each month to support and recognize their commitment to the program. This is not a "paycheck" but a small token to defray the expense of a snack while at a tutorial, or lunch while on an educational field trip or Saturday Program meeting.
If you want to go to college, but don't really know all the steps it'll take to get there, then Upward Bound is for you. Our current students don't have all the answers either, but they know enough to ask questions in order to get the right answers. Also, if your grades are good, but can be better, or if they're great but you want a challenge, then you're in the right place.
Plus, our student body is a pretty open, welcoming group of young people. Unlike in the high schools, where cliques exist and certain students get singled out for being "different" or "nerdy" or "uncool," Upward Bound students vehemently refrain from that type of labeling. They realize they're all working toward the same goal; they support each other and help each other.
No, not at all. While a number of our students do chose to attend CSB/SJU, it's certainly not a requirement.
The TRiO Upward Bound Program requires a commitment from the students to:
Upward Bound is important because it generates skills and provides motivation to students to facilitate academic success in their high schools and eventually at the post secondary institution of their choice.
Yes! Anyone can apply at anytime.
If you do not get selected this year and you qualify then your records will be kept on a waiting list for the next available space. We will contact you as space opens.
YES! 88% of Upward Bound graduates have entered post-secondary education. TRIO program research shows that Upward Bound students are four times more likely to earn a college degree than students from similar backgrounds who do not participate in the program.