Student Life Home | Student Life | Campus Services | Academic Support and Advising | TRIO Upward Bound TRIO Upward Bound The purpose of the Upward Bound program is to assist and encourage talented high school students to achieve their educational goals. Upward Bound helps its participants succeed in high school and prepare for and enroll in college. The program encourages students to think about how they want to contribute to the future and how they can prepare to face the challenges that lie ahead -- at no cost to the student or family. The combination of intensive study and organized recreation helps foster confidence, teamwork, leadership, responsibility, and friendship. Upward Bound Academic School Year Program In the Upward Bound Program, students receive: Tutoring in support of their present high school classes. Guidance and Support in selecting academic, career and postsecondary opportunities. Workshops and Group Activities to build self-confidence and self-reliance. Enrichment Activities to develop creative thinking, effective expression and positive attitudes toward learning. Cultural Awareness through exposure and participation in cultural activities, tours of historical and geographical sites, and visits to other educational facilities. Friendships and Relationships developed by meeting others who share similar goals. Summer Program The Upward Bound Program includes a summer component during which students attend academic enrichment classes on the campus of Southeast Community College. The summer program consists of an intensive six-week learning experience to further enhance students' academic and motivational levels. Students have the opportunity to attend several college tours and earn an out-of-state educational/cultural/recreational trip. Bridge Academy The summer Bridge Academy is a college experience for participants who have graduated from high school. Students take college classes, explore career and educational options, and learn how to succeed. Eligibility A student may be eligible for Upward Bound if she or he: is between the ages of 13 and 19 and has completed eighth grade but has not entered 12th grade. is a legal resident of the United States. has a need for academic support to successfully pursue a program leading to a postsecondary degree. comes from a family who meets the income criteria as established by the Department of Education, and/or is a first-generation student (neither parent has a four-year college degree.) Participants will be selected through a formal screening process. Students admitted to the program sign a contract agreeing to make their academic studies and personal development a priority. Participants are willing to do their best.