TRIO Upward Bound Program

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8 AM to 4:30 PM

A FREE Program for Eligible High School Students Considering College.

It's not just a summer camp.  It's not just an after-school program.  It's a holistic college preparatory program for income eligible high school students who will be the first in their families to earn a bachelor's degree.

Upward Bound (UB) is a federally-funded TRIO college access program designed to provide eligible high school students with the skills and motivation necessary to succeed in high school and attend college, ultimately leading to their successful completion of a two- or four-year degree (associates or bachelor's).  The program is active year-round and hosts a six-week long Summer Academy on campus each summer which provides students with a simulation of what college life is like as they live in a residence hall with a roommate, eat meals in the campus dining hall, and take enriching academic and elective classes taught by high school teachers in actual college classrooms.

Funded entirely by a grant from the United States Department of Education, Bloomsburg University's Upward Bound program, which is one of around 960 UB programs nationwide, has been continuously funded at Bloomsburg University since 1978 and serves eligible students in grades 9-12 at eight local target high schools (Berwick, Mahanoy, Milton, Mount Carmel, North Schuylkill, Pottsville, Shamokin, and Shikellamy) located in Columbia, Northumberland, and Schuylkill counties of Pennsylvania.

Services are provided free of charge for eligible students. Students who participate in Upward Bound are under no obligation whatsoever to attend Bloomsburg University.

Please check out the information below for more information about the program and the many opportunities it provides.  If you have any questions about the program or how to get involved, please don't hesitate to contact the Upward Bound office or any staff members directly.

Upward Bound offers an array of FREE services and activities for students throughout the academic year and during the summer, all of which are geared toward preparing students for college.  They include ...

  • Weekly after school meetings at each student's school from mid-September through mid-May led by a school teacher or counselor (Center Coordinator) and Upward Bound's Academic Coordinator
  • Peer tutoring or referrals to tutoring help
  • Career, personality, study skills, and values/interest assessments
  • Visits to nearby college campuses for tours and admissions presentations
  • Free coach bus transportation to the National College Fair in Philadelphia each fall for students and their parents/guardians
  • Professional mentoring and academic coaching
  • Career exploration and guidance
  • Study tips and tricks
  • Help for seniors with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Help finding and applying for scholarships
  • College application help and unlimited fee waivers for application fees
  • SAT preparation and help with registration
  • SAT and/or ACT fee waivers (good for up to 2 tests each)
  • Nominations for scholarships that are offered only to TRIO students
  • Family workshops on college planning and financial aid
  • Community service and volunteer opportunities
  • Field trips to museums, historical sites, and other educational destinations
  • Cultural, social, and recreational opportunities
  • An introduction to college life during the summer
  • Up to six free college credits after graduation (bridge program)
  • Lasting friendships with students from other schools
  • Referrals to TRIO Student Support Services and other programs, where available, for students entering college
  • Team building and leadership experiences
  • Participation stipends (money) based on attendance, effort, and participation (currently limited to $40 per student/month during the school year and up to $60/month per student during the Summer Academy)
  • Unique opportunities, such as a chance to attend the annual National Student Leadership Congress in Washington, D.C. for FREE and learn more about politics and the federal government
  • Caring and dedicated program staff who are always willing to help and want to help each student meet his/her/their educational goals
  • Fun!
  • Lifetime memories!

Upward Bound serves students from the following eight target high schools in Columbia, Northumberland, and Schuylkill counties located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Each school's Upward Bound point of contact (Center Coordinator) for after school meetings is listed below.  Click on the Center Coordinator's name to send him/her an email.

Eligibility criteria for the TRIO Upward Bound program are set by the U.S. Department of Education. Students are encouraged to apply for admission if...

  • They attend one of the program's eight target high schools: Berwick, Mahanoy, Milton, Mount Carmel, North Schuylkill, Pottsville, Shamokin, or Shikellamy.

  • They live in a household where neither parent or guardian has earned a bachelor's (four year) degree and/or their household income falls within the program's federal income guidelines.

  • They are 9th or 10th grade.  (11th and 12th graders can be considered too in many circumstances).

  • They are hoping to attend college immediately after high school graduation.

  • They can commit to regularly attending weekly after school meetings at their school as well as occasional virtual and/or on-campus events.

  • They are willing to attend at least one six week long Summer Academy at Bloomsburg University before graduating from high school.

The Application Process

Students can now apply online to join Upward Bound. The application, which includes a section that must be completed by a parent or guardian (with legal custody), is available at the link below.

Upward Bound Online Application

Students who want a paper application can email or call the Upward Bound office to obtain one or they can stop by their school's Guidance Office. 

After a completed student application is received by the program's staff, the Upward Bound Director will contact the student to arrange a virtual intake meeting (over Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, FaceTime, or the telephone).  Parents/guardians will also be invited - but are not required - to join.  The Director will review the student's application, talk about their career and college interests, and answer any questions.

Students and parents/guardians - Join our Google Classroom!

For the most up to date information from the program, please follow Upward Bound's Google classroom using your personal Gmail address and your actual first and last name.  (For security reasons, unknown individuals or nicknames may be removed.) The class code is m4ooyw7.

Check out the list of upcoming program events during 2022-2023

Click here to see the list.

Has your mailing address, cell phone number, or email address changed?

Don't forget to let Upward Bound know to avoid missing out on exciting and important information!  Call the office at 570-389-4280 or email your updated information to trioupwardbound@bloomu.edu or an Upward Bound staff member.

Follow UB's Social Media for Timely Updates

Upward Bound makes extensive use of its social media - Facebook and Instagram - throughout the school year and summer to provide timely updates to students and their family members.  Links to the program's sites are found on the web page.  Make sure to follow us!

All Bloomsburg University TRIO Upward Bound alumni are encouraged to register with the Council for Opportunity in Education's National TRIO Alumni Society.  Please register today!

Alumni are also invited to follow the program's social media (links can be found to the left of this page) for announcements of upcoming events, including a special reunion event that occurs every five years.

TRiO Upward Bound Staff

The Upward Bound staff members are proud members of the Pennsylvania Association of TRIO Programs (PA TRIO), Mid-Eastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MEAEOPP), and the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE).