Upward Bound is an intensive college preparatory support project designed to provide low-income, first-generation high school students encouragement, and the essential skills needed to complete high school and earn a postsecondary degree. The program was the first of the TRIO programs created in 1964 as part of the original “War on Poverty” statute, and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This program is based on the campus of Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden, Alabama, and has been in operation since 1973.
Upward Bound provides instruction and activities through a variety of educational, cultural, and travel enrichment opportunities.
Other services provided include study skills development; academic, financial, and personal counseling; tutoring; cultural and social activities; information about postsecondary education opportunities, college visits, assistance with financial aid applications; and preparation for college entrance exams.