Upward Bound

Upward Bound is for high school students who are wanting to attend college or vocational school after their high school graduation.  Upward Bound serves: high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. 

The program consists of three parts:
  • The academic year
  • The summer residential programs
  • The bridge program

Upward Bound is funded through the Department of Education with a grant of $275,155.00.

 Our Mission

To motivate, assist, and promote qualified high school students to pursue a four year college degree by building their academic skills and social development through exposure to a variety of career, cultural, academic, and social experiences.


  • Students must have completed their 8th grade year and be between the ages of 13 and 19. 
  • They also have a need for academic support in order to pursue a program of postsecondary education.
  • Must be from either low-income families or be potential first-generation college students.
  • The program requires two-thirds of the participants in a project must be both low-income and potential first generation students.
  • The remaining one-third must be either low-income, first- generation college students, or students who have a high risk for academic failure. 


Upward Bound projects provide:

  • Academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages. 
  • Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, work-study programs, education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students.
  • Programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of foster care system or other disconnected students. 

Summer program - staff information 

Applications will be ready for in January 2019 for Head Residential Advisors and Teachers for the summer programs,   June 2  to June 27, 2019. 

If interested in working for the Summer Program, please contact one of the following staff members.



Buffy Blanton
Director, UB Charleston
Leigh Conyers
Director, UB Christian
239A Blackburn
Allison Prokop
Academic Coordinator
239 Blackburn
Melissa Hanners
Administrative Assistant
203 Blackburn