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Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Program is one of two federally funded TRiO Programs on the campus of Virginia State University. The purpose of Upward Bound is to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school among young people (9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders) from low income and first generation families who have academic potential but lack adequate secondary support.

These students upon graduating from high school are to enter a postsecondary institution and succeed with minimum difficulty. Students served are from the target cities of: Hopwell and Petersburg, and the counties of Dinwiddie, Greensville, Surry, Sussex and the Matoaca district of Chesterfield.

The program also supports the “No Child Left Behind Act”of 2001. Specifically, the program funds projects designed to improve the graduation rates and academic achievement of program participants in preparation for postsecondary education.

Virginia State University’s program has a funding cycle of four years, with each cycle beginning June 1 and ending May 31.  The project is funded to serve seventy-five (75) students during the Academic Year and up to sixty (60) students during the Summer Residential Component.  The program is supported with Title IV funds and is located in region four (4) of the United States as designated by the U.S. Department of Education.  The program consists of the following:

  • An intensive educational summer residential component at the University for six weeks.
  • An academic year component where students attend classes two Saturday's each month to receive additional instruction in mathematics, English, science, social studies, Spanish, reading and SAT preparation.
  • An organized guidance program designed for educational, career and personal counseling with emphasis on the total development of the student.
  • A variety of cultural events - on and off campus.
  • College admissions application fee waivers. 
  • Financial aid planning and preparation for seniors and parents enrolled in the program.
  • College visits and tours.
Requirements for consideration are:
  • First generation college student and potential low-income,
  • Need for services i.e. academic/motivational in pursuit of postsecondary education
  • Completed application packet to include: two teacher recommendations, counselor recommendation, and essay
Upward Bound has an open enrollment policy with efforts to recruit minority groups and the physically challenged to ensure the “No Child Left Behind Act” is met. New participants selected begin the program in September of each academic year. Students will be selected who meet the following criteria:
  • A citizen or national and permanent resident of the United States
  • A low-income/first generation family status
  • A need for academic support to enhance high school graduation and the pursuit of postsecondary education
The staff consists of a Director, Counselor, Administrative Office Specialist II, certified teachers from local public schools and Virginia State University, graduate and undergraduate students who serve as tutors.
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