Upward Bound is a US Department of Education funded grant, 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 post-secondary educational program and graduate. We are funded through August 2022.
Mission: Upward Bound will transform the lives of first-generation and/or low-income high school students through educational opportunities which enables the achievement of a future post-secondary degree.
Vision: Developing thriving future generations who value increased knowledge and the impact of higher education.
A minimum of 69 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. Post-secondary 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 post-secondary institutions, scholarship programs and internships.
If you are interested in applying for Upward Bound, please see your school counselor.