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Upward Bound

“Our mission is to support students through high school graduation and provide opportunities for enrollment and success in higher education.”


Upward Bound is a federally funded grant program which supports first-generation and low income students to ensure graduation and enrollment in a postsecondary educational program. Upward Bound offers a variety of motivational activities such as academic enrichment courses, standardized test preparation (SAT, ACT, etc.), career awareness workshops, college visits, financial literacy/scholarship application workshops, cultural events, community service projects, internships, and multiple leadership-building activities.

Our goal is to provide these activities in order to give our students the knowledge, experience, financial aid literacy, and leadership skills necessary for advancement in higher education and professional environments. We advise our students throughout the college selection process to help set challenging academic goals and assist with higher education and career exploration.

The University of Vermont enrolls at least 60 qualified students annually from Burlington and Winooski High Schools, in which we provide a full range of activities through both the Academic Year Saturday College program and Summer College program. Upward Bound maintains contact with our alumni in which staff provide advisement and assistance throughout their college enrollment, as requested.


Upward Bound is a component of the University of Vermont’s Academic Success Programs (ASP) housed in the Living/Learning Center on campus. Upward Bound program services are provided by a full-time Program Director/Manager, Outreach Coordinator, and a complement of adjunct and volunteer instructors, tutors, tutor-counselors and facilitators. This program is funded by the U. S. Department of Education Federal TRIO Programs at an annual rate of $248, 771, in which the current funding cycle is from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2017.

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