Upward Bound is a federally funded grant program designed to assist first-generation, economically disadvantaged high school students in developing the skills and the motivation to succeed in college.
Upward Bound participants receive academic advising, standardized test preparation, tutorials, scholarship and financial aid assistance, cultural enrichment, career exploration assistance, and college campus tours.
Students in the Upward Bound program are four times more likely to earn an undergraduate degree than those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program.
Upward Bound is funded under Title lV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 with the goal of helping low-income students complete college. Through participation in after-school tutorials and a six-week summer academic program on the campus of Lone Star College-North Harris, students build academic skills and improve scholastic performance. As part of the program, the college's objectives are to assess the academic, educational and social needs of all participants. Each student follows an individualized development plan.
Students are required to enroll in college-preparatory courses throughout high school and are provided tutorial assistance during the school year. A six-week summer program provides additional instruction in mathematics, English, science and foreign language plus a variety of elective courses.
Although preparing students academically is the main goal of Upward Bound, it is not the only component of the program. Students also participate in cultural enrichment activities, community service events, and college campus visits. Additionally, Upward Bound offers developmental workshops in college success skills such as time management, study skills, and career exploration.
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 MacArthur High School. During the 2001 – 2002 funding period, the grant was expanded to serve an additional 20 students. 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, our programs currently serve a total of 65 students from MacArthur High School and Nimitz High School and a total of 56 students from Eisenhower High School and Aldine High School. A total of 121 students are provided services through the Lone Star College-North Harris Upward Bound programs.
For more information on Upward Bound, please contact Courtney Tigney at Courtney.Tigney@lonestar.edu