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TRiO Upward Bound

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What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is a rigorous, year-round college-preparatory program for high school students.  Our mission is to assist low-income, first-generation college bound high school students in the completion of secondary education and prepare them academically and socially for enrollment and completion of higher education. Since 1992, Wallace Community College Upward Bound Program has enjoyed continuous funding to serve deserving high school students.  We work with over 75 rural area high school students each year, enrolled at Abbeville High, Barbour County High, Bullock County High, and Eufaula High. Upward Bound provides students with a small stipend after completion of the academic year activities and the culmination of the summer session.

What services are provided by Upward Bound?

Program participants are provided rigorous academic courses, tutoring services, college-preparatory workshops, career advising/exploration activities, volunteer opportunities, and cultural enrichment. Upward Bound offers services to students through weekday and weekend sessions during the school year and a six-week summer program at Wallace Community College Sparks Campus. Academic classes offered include: Math, Science, English/Literature, Computer Technology, and Spanish. Students are given rigorous assignments for each class and have the opportunity to obtain assistance with current high school assignments. Workshops are used to present various topics. Past workshops have included:  Step Up to S.T.E.M., Financial Aid for College, Welcome to the Real World; Attitude is Everything, ACT Prep for Success, Speed Reading ACT Prep, Lunch and Learn Session, Career Assessment Exploration, and plenty more. Trips are planned for students throughout the year.  Local area trips have included excursions to state parks, museums, and colleges.  Students have also had opportunities to visit Jacksonville, FL; Washington, D.C.; Williamsburg, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Chicago, Illinois; Little Rock, Arkansas; and New York City.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Interested students who are selected to participate in Upward Bound will have unique support and guidance to meet personal, educational, and professional goals.

To be eligible for Upward Bound students must be:

  • Under the age of 19.

  • A current freshman or sophomore at Abbeville, Barbour County, Bullock County, or Eufaula High School.

  • Low-income by federal guidelines and/or a first-generation college-bound student.

  • Interested in attending college and receiving a bachelor’s degree.

If you meet the above criteria and believe Upward Bound is the right program for you, visit our Application page.

Where is Upward Bound located?

Sparks Campus:         
Administrative Building Room A7

Our Motto:

"Inspire to dream more, learn more, and more so I can become a LEADER."

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