Upward Bound is a college preparation program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Upward Bound is a supportive program that identifies, motivates, and prepares eligible students to complete high school, enroll in, and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education. Students who complete the Upward Bound program have a higher graduation rate from college when compared to students who do not participate in Upward Bound.
What commitments must I make?
You should be willing to actively participate in both the academic year and summer component of the Upward Bound program graduation from high school.
Academic Year (September through May)
During the academic year, you will be responsible for attending monthly meetings. The meetings will be designed to improve your appreciation for learning while increasing your academic knowledge and skills in areas of math, science, English and ACT/SAT preparation. Free tutoring will also be provided to assist students in academic areas where they might be experiencing difficulties. You will be setting personal, academic and career goals that include planning for college, study skills development, test preparation, and career exploration. Opportunities to visit college campuses, participate in cultural activities and field trips, and attend special events will also be a part of your academic year experience
Summer Program (June through July)
The non-residential program is an academically intensive six-week program that will provide you with unique opportunities to experience a wide range of educational, personal development, and social activities. You attend classes in Science, English, Math, Foreign Language, and other exciting subjects at a selected University Monday-Thursday. On Fridays, you will go on a cultural field trip. You will also attend an exciting college tour trip during the last week of the summer program visiting colleges and universities out of the state.
What does it cost to join Upward Bound?
Upward Bound is Free of cost. This includes but is not limited to tutoring sessions, classroom instruction, college visits and trips. A small stipend check will also be given to each student on a regular basis. Criteria for receiving the stipend are full participation in all Upward Bound activities and good standing within the program.
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What is Talent Search?
Talent Search is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Talent Search is a supportive program that identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education. Students who complete the Talent Search program have a higher graduation rate from college when compared to students who do not participate in Talent Search.
During the academic year, meetings will be designed to improve your appreciation of learning while increasing your academic knowledge and skills in the areas of math, science, English, and ACT/SAT preparation. Free tutoring will also be provided to assist you in academic areas where you might be experiencing difficulties. You will begin setting personal, academic and career goals that include planning for college, study skills development, test preparation, and career exploration. Opportunities to visit college campuses, participate in cultural activities and field trips, and attend special events are also a part of your academic year experience.
What does it cost to join Talent Search?
Talent Search is FREE of cost. This includes but is not limited to: tutoring sessions, classroom instruction, college visits and trips.
How can I become eligible to participate in Talent Search?
A desire to attend a college or university and a willingness to make this dream come true;
A definable academic or personal development need for the program (i.e., a challenging academic environment, tutoring, career exploration, study skills, goal setting,
motivation and encouragement);
Classification as a student between the ages of 11 and 27 and have completed the fifth grade.
The willingness to make a long-term commitment to the program.
Demonstration of high academic ability and/or potential;
Completion of Algebra I or the intention to complete Algebra I by the end of your 9th-grade year;
You MUST meet at least one of the two criteria below to be eligible for membership:
Be a potential first-generation college student. A student is considered first-generation if neither parent or guardian with whom the student lives has not completed a four-year college degree;
The student’s family meets the federal income guidelines. The guidelines look at both the “taxable income” (Line 43 on the IRS 1040, Line 6 on the 1040EZ, line 27 on the 1040A forms) of the parent/guardian that the student currently lives with, and the number of people in the household. Any student applicant that is currently in foster care is automatically income eligible.