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The Mission of Upward Bound....

Upward Bound students visit to UT Health Science Center
  • to motivate qualified high school students to pursue four-year college degree programs
  • to build academic skills and to provide a variety of career opportunities
  • to imitate the college experience in high school increasing the student's
    confidence in his/her academic abilities and social development
  • to expose students to the arts and cultural and social experiences 
The Goal of Upward Bound

The Upward bound Program is designed to generate in students the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond secondary school; and enter a successful program of postsecondary education and completion.  Upward Bound's goal is to prepare high school students for postsecondary education programs that lead to careers in the fields of their interest.

Program Description

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. Students are recruited into the Upward Bound program as sophomores and complete the program when they graduate high school. The program offers opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The program also exposes the students to many cultural and historical events. Our students will tours approximately twenty universities and colleges during their years in the program. 

Types of Projects

Program services include:

  • Summer academic programs with intensive math and science training;
  • Year-round counseling and advisement; 
  • Scholar's Bowl team building and competition;
  • Exposure to university faculty members who do research in mathematics and the sciences;
  • Computer and technology training;
Who Qualifies

Upward Bound serves high school students from four local high schools, Dyer County, Lake County, Halls and Trenton Peabody High Schools. Our students come from low-income families and must be students of first generation families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.  Our prospects are students who are preparing to enter postsecondary education but show an academic need.  Upward Bound recruits rising sophomore students at the end of their freshman high school year.  A new recruit will enter the six week Summer College Experience at the DSCC campus in June following their freshman high school year. This is a first endeavor to learn about the program and what benefits the student will receive as a participant.  The Upward Bound staff strives to accept students who are motivated to learn and succeed, have no school discipline infractions and show a desire by GPA and attitude to attend and complete college. The small percentage of recruits who ultimately find themselves not suited for the program agenda are replaced immediately with another student on our waiting list.