Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. 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 Miles College Upward Bound Project has been in operation for more than 40 years. Currently, the program serves 75 students who attend Jefferson County high schools.
During the Academic year, Upward Bound (UB) participants come the Miles College campus on Saturdays for tutoring, social, cultural and academic advising, special activity sessions and counseling. The special sessions may include group communication and skill development exercises. Students who regularly attend Saturday classes are invited to participate in the Summer Residential Session held on the Miles College campus. Students live on campus, attend academic and elective classes and experience all aspects of the college environment.
Top Ten Reason to Join UB:
1. Academic, Cultural and Social Enrichment
2. Academic Advising and Tutoring
3. College Campus Tours
4. Supportive Parent Group
5. Saturday Sessions
6. Summer Residential Component
7. Cultural Enhancement Field Trips
8. Financial Aid Awareness
9. Group and Individual Counseling
10. No cost to Participants
Do you want to enhance you college opportunities?
In the Academic Year Component we provide Saturday Classes in which you will receive tutoring in classes you are taking in your high school and advice on planning your future course-work to prepare for college. In addition to Saturday classes, students receive group counseling and Financial Aid counseling. Parents are invited to meet with the guidance counselor to get assistance in completing FAFSA financial aid forms and pursuing other funding avenues for their student’s college education. Qualified participants earn a stipend for incidental costs and even receive fee waivers for many college applications and fee waivers for the ACT college entrance examination.
Ready for Cultural and Social Enrichment?
Spend some time enjoying exciting cities and states throughout the nation and visit the colleges and universities that these cities boast.
- In Upward Bound Workshops students learn the college admissions process and discuss highlights and potential pitfalls of college life.
- The Summer Residential Component offers our students the opportunity to actually experience a college environment. Our students live on the Miles College Campus in the residential halls for six weeks.
- All Upward Bound activities are offered at no cost to you and your family.
- Parents DONATE their time and effort. Through their fundraising activities and individual giving Parents contribute to the success of Upward Bound.
If what you’ve read sounds interesting to you, APPLY NOW! If you are about to enter the 9th or 10th grade in a Jefferson County high school, you may very well qualify. But remember, you will also need to possess a commitment to earn good grades and a strong desire to attend and finish the college of your choice to become a part of Upward Bound.