The Upward Bound Program is a federally funded grant program providing participants with the skills and motivation necessary to complete secondary education and enter and succeed in post-secondary education. Participants must be either economically disadvantaged and/or first-generation college students.Students have the opportunity to experience college campus tours, student leadership conferences, Saturday College Prep, a six-week summer program, work-study, and a variety of cultural events. In addition to these experiences, students also receive academic advising, financial aid and scholarship assistance, standardized test preparation, career exploration, college search, and enrichment workshops.
The Lone Star College-North Harris Upward Bound Program has served students from the Aldine Independent School District since 1999. The initial grant served a cohort of 50 students from the MacArthur High School. During the 2001 – 2002 funding period, the grant was expanded to serve an additional 20 at risk students. The initial grant was refunded in 2003, 2007, and again in 2012, adding students from Nimitz High School.
The Lone Star College-North Harris Upward Bound Program was expanded in 2003 when the program was awarded another grant. The additional grant served 50 students from Aldine, Carver, and Eisenhower High Schools in the Aldine Independent School District. Refunded in 2007 and 2012, this program currently serves 56 students from Eisenhower and Aldine High School. A total of 121 students are provided services through the Lone Star College-North Harris Upward Bound Programs.