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Upward Bound at a Glance

Upward Bound is a component of the Academic Support Programs (ASP) housed in the Living/Learning Center on the UVM campus.  Program services are provided by a full-time Program Director/Manager and an Outreach Coordinator and by a complement of adjunct and volunteer instructors, tutors, tutor-counselors and presenters.    

Upward Bound is committed to assisting participants successfully complete high school.  During the school year, we provide our participants with weekly, individualized school visits to review academic progress, help set challenging academic goals, assist with career exploration and complete the college search process. In return, participants are expected  to enroll in and complete a rigorous high school curriculum and are also expected to maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average. 

 The Program offers a variety of motivational activities to enrich the participants' preparation for college and careers.  These acivities include enrichment courses, standarized test preparation (SAT, ACT, etc.), career awareness workshops, cultural events, community service projects, internships and multiple leadership-building activities.  These activities are available during the Academic Year and within a summer experience called Summer College. 

The Program is fully committed to helping participants go to and graduate from college with the best financial aid literacy possible.  To that extent the Program offers  a variety of college visits, financial literacy and scholarship application workshops and advisement through the college selection and decision process.  Upward Bound maintains contact with our alumni through college graduation.  In addition staff will provide advisement and assistance as requested while in enrolled in college and, when requested, through the transfer process.


Saturday College

Saturday College is a unique component of the UVM Upward Bound Program which is held the first Saturday of each month during the school year except September, January and June.  Upward Bound students participate in grade specific  seminars: college and scholarship application completion for 12th graders, college entrance test preparation for 11th graders,  and college and career readiness exploration for 9th and 10th graders.  In addition, participants engage in a variety of community service, cultural and college preparatory activities.


Summer College

Summer College is a six-week program for all rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade Upward Bound participants.  The program is held at UVM and consists of a leadership trip, an intensive academic enrichment curriculum, and a college/career immersion experience.  

  • The Leadership Trip is offered the first week of Summer College. The focus is to build a sense of community, self-reliance and self-confidence within a structured, well supervised schedule of activities.  The Leadership Trip includes travel  beyond the Burlington area and includes college tours, cultural events and community service.
  • The Academic Enrichment Curriculum is an exciting,  five-week program immediately offered after the Leadership Trip.  It consists of courses in literature and composition, mathematics through pre-calculus, laboratory sciences, foreign language, SAT/ACT preparation and other enrichment subjects.  Courses are taught by college faculty,  high school teachers and/or other qualified professionals in the community. 
  • The College/Career Immersion Experience provides opportunities for our participants to visit colleges and experience a more in depth exposure to dorm and campus life. Three to four colleges are visited during the summer with each including an overnight experience, college tour, Admissions presentation followed by a community service project, career site visit, and/or a cultural event. 


Upward Bound participants are eligible to receive stipends of up to $15/ week during the Summer College. To receive the weekly stipend participants must complete all of their coursework and participation expectations.


A Parable
A young traveler was passing through a rocky and barren desert when a voice spoke to him, "Pick up some pebbles, put them in your pocket, and tomorrow you will be both happy and sad.

The young man picked up a handful of pebbles and put them in his pocket.  The next morning when he reached into his pocket, he found that the pebbles had turned into diamonds, rubies and emeralds.  He WAS both happy and sad.  He was happy that he gathered some of the pebbles but sad because he had not gathered more.................And so it is with education.

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