Upward Bound is a college program designed to help students ninth through 12th grade from low-income families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.
It emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the Johnson Administration’s War on Poverty.
The Upward Bound application supplies information such as the history, purpose, program services, participating area schools and total number of participants.
Upward Bound provides different types of help to students such as tutoring, SAT, ACT and college application fee waivers, and academic enrichment on Saturdays twice a month. Transportation is provided for Upward Bound participants to Saturday events.
Those include visits to four-year colleges, cultural, and business campus visits, museums trips, help with filling out and completing scholarships, college selection help and planning. Admissions help is offered to students in order to help figure out what college is best for them.
Each participating senior will fill out four to five scholarship applications. They will also complete the FAFSA application and also take part in community service projects to help with scholarship selection.
One of the biggest events is the six-week summer academic program.
Upward Bound projects provide instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature and foreign language.
Upward Bound meets with students twice a week to check their grades to make sure their GPA is a 2.0 or higher.
Fifty students from Kilgore, Pine Tree, and Longview high schools are currently in Upward Bound.
“We also provide leadership programs on the campus so students can win scholarships and different prizes” Jude Dubois, director, said. “We would like to get as many people to join Upward Bound as we can so we can make your college career important and more fun to you and us, too.”