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.

Students Served

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. 


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Contact Info

Phone: (928) 317-6036
Fax: (928) 344-7755
  • Monday - Thursday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm