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Upward Bound

We are a federally funded educational program, designed to increase the academic skills and motivational levels of low-income and/or first-generation college students to the extent that they will complete high school and successfully enter a postsecondary educational program and graduate.


A minimum of 70 students are served each program year.

To be eligible, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a "potential first-generation college student" (that is, parents do not have a four year college degree) AND/OR
  • Classified as low-income (as defined by Federal Government) AND
  • Have completed the 8th grade but not yet entered the 11th grade at time of admission to Upward Bound.
  • Have a need for academic support.
  • Attending one of the following "target"schools:
Cibola High School
Kofa High School
Parker High School
Yuma High School
San Luis High School


  • Academic year program offers academic instruction, tutoring, academic advisement, preparation in college entrance exams, counseling, social and personal development (through Saturday meetings)
  • Summer residential program offers a college simulation experience for high school students and bridge experience for high school graduates.
  • Assistance with college selection, admissions, housing, entrance exams, and financial aid, Postsecondary support is also provided.
  • Cultural, social, and recreational activities designed to foster growth and broaden student awareness, appreciation, and respect for each other.
  • Student advocacy at various postsecondary institutions, scholarship programs and internships.

contact us



Sally Rodriguez
(928) 317-6035


Elizabeth Madrigal
(928) 317-6116  

Andy Wheatley (Parker)
(928) 344-9571


Delma Luna
(928) 317-6036

Upward Bound
Arizona Western College
PO Box 929
2020 S Ave 8E
Yuma, AZ 85366

(928) 317-6036 Yuma
(928) 669-6551 Parker
(928) 344-7755 Fax

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