History of Trio Upward Bound
The origins of Upward Bound date back to the Educational Opportunity Act, which was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. According to the Council for Opportunity in Education, the experimental program was first introduced to reduce barriers faced by low-income and first-generation college students that created inequality in educational opportunities for those students. The program is offered through colleges, universities, and community colleges, and funds are distributed to individual programs through the issuance of competitive grants.
- Regular meetings with Upward Bound staff during the school year, through home visits, classes, tutoring, and enrichment activities
- Academic and career advising to help students succeed in classes and choose fields of study that fit their interests and needs
- Campus visits to give students a firsthand look at what college life is like and conferences and workshops specifically geared to preparing them for college success
- Summer programs that emphasize a combination of academic, social, and enrichment activities during a six-week stint on a local college campus
- Students must be between the ages of 13 and 19 and have completed the 8th grade
- Students must be able to show evidence of the need for academic support
- Students must qualify for low-income status or be first-generation college students
- Students must be recommended for the program by an educator, clergy or social worker
If you qualify for the Upward Bound program, take advantage of its benefits, which can serve you well through college and your entire professional life!