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.
About the Program
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 post-secondary education.
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; and programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in post-secondary 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.
All Upward Bound projects MUST provide instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language. Other services include:
Information on the full range of Federal Student Financial Aid programs and benefits
Guidance and assistance on secondary school reentry, alternative education programs, or entry into general educational development programs or post-secondary education
Because this program is sponsored by the United States Department of Education there is no cost to the student or to the family. The program pays all costs involved for participation.
Download the Upward Bound brochure for more information (PDF)
Students must have completed the 9th grade, be between the ages of 13 and 19, and have a need for academic support in order to pursue a program of postsecondary education. All students must be either from low-income families or be potential first-generation college students. The program requires that two-thirds of the participants in the 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.
The program serves the following target high schools: Bethune- Bowman, Branchville, Calhoun County, Edisto, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, Lake Marion, North, and Orangeburg-Wilkinson.
During the summer, all participants must live on Claflin University’s campus. Participants spend weekends at home.
Academic Year Component
During the academic year, participants must attend Upward Bound meetings two Saturdays per month and attend after school tutoring according to need. Program staff will visit each school twice a month to meet with students and staff.
How to Apply
Download the application for Upward Bound (PDF)
Gwendolyn B. Phillips
TRIO/Upward Bound Director
Upward Bound Academic Coordinator
Leroy C. Fogle
Upward Bound Professional Counselor
Jeanetta M. Williams
Upward Bound Counselor/TRIO Bookkeeper