Definition: Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO program established to help high school students overcome social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education. Upward Bound seeks to first help students achieve academic success in and to graduate from high school, and secondly to encourage enrollment and persistence in post-secondary education.
Eligibility: 9th and 10th graders that are first generation and or from low income families. Participants are recruited from the following schools: Buckeye Local High School, Edison Local High School, Indian Creek High School, Toronto High School, and Steubenville High School.
Requirements– To ensure student success in the program, each UB student must make a commitment to do the following:
Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Take appropriate but challenging classes each semester.
Attend UB events, such as Saturday College, after school tutoring when needed, field trips and college visits, and the 6 week Summer Academy.
Maintain contact with UB staff and academic advisors throughout the academic year.
Benefits– TRIO Upward Bound students attend college visits, cultural events and educational field trips. During the academic year tutoring is available two days per week. In addition, there are six Saturday college days in which the students concentrate on their core subjects: math, English, social studies, science and test preparation. In the summer the students participate in a six week summer academy program. Other benefits include: ACT/SAT fee waivers, student leadership events, community service opportunities, career exploration, and college fee waivers.