Welcome to the Upward Bound Project at the University of Iowa!
We are a federal TRIO program that helps first-generation and low-income high school students prepare for postsecondary education. We empower students to advocate for their education and achieve their postsecondary goals. Upward Bound began in 1964 and has been part of the University of Iowa since 1966. Since then, we have served thousands of students in the Eastern Iowa area. Upward Bound has numerous opportunities for involvement throughout the year for participants and community members alike. We invite you to explore our site and learn more about our program! TRIO Upward Bound at the University of Iowa is funded through a grant from the United States Department of Education.
TRIO Upward Bound Information
Jennifer Lynch Director- TRIO UB Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail) Phone: 319-335-3555
Takondwa Mwasi Educational Support Services Specialist. (Freshmen & Sophomores) Email: email@example.com (link sends e-mail) Phone: 319-467-1306
Jesse Kiracofe Educational Support Services Specialist. (Juniors) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail) Phone: 319-467-1269
Kimberly Castillo Educational Support Services Specialist. (Seniors) Email: email@example.com (link sends e-mail) Phone: 319-467-4777
There are a few basic requirements to join the program. You need to:
1. Be a student at Columbus Community, Muscatine, or West Liberty High School in the 2019-2020 academic year.
2. Be willing to participate in the Project through your senior year.
3. Be willing to take a class schedule that will prepare you for college.
4. Be a potential first-generation college student (this means that your parents or guardians do not have a four-year college degree) and/or your family's taxable income meets low-income guidelines.
The University of Iowa Upward Bound Projects serves students attending Columbus Community High School, Muscatine High School, and West Liberty High School. If you are not a student at one of these schools in the 2019-2020 academic year, contact the guidance office at your school to see if another Upward Bound serves your area.
To be considered for the Upward Bound project, you'll need to fill out an application.
Access the application using the links below:
If you need a printed application, please see your school’s Upward Bound field representative, or contact Upward Bound at firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail) or 319-335-6708.
Upward Bound helps high school students in their pursuit of post-secondary education. The benefits of joining Upward Bound are numerous and include (but are not limited to):
- Individual and small-group tutoring
- Academic counseling
- One-on-one college counseling
- Two ACT test fee waivers
- Four SAT test fee waivers
- FAFSA assistance
- Community service opportunities
- College visits
- Cultural events
- Leadership opportunities
- Resume workshops
- Scholarship assistance
- Summer enrichment opportunities
- Stipends for participation in UB meetings and events
All Upward Bound activities are free to participants and transportation is provided to and from all events.
Throughout the academic year, UB students participate in weekend college-going workshops on the University of Iowa campus. These "Saturday Academies" cover an array of topics including career counseling, study skills, financial literacy, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) exploration, and more.
Upward Bound participants meet one-on-one and in small groups with UB specialists for individualized college and career counseling and activities focused on topics including:
Academic schedule building
Understanding how high school courses and grades relate to college
Finding the right college
Filling out college applications and searching for scholarships
Learning how skills and interests relate to a career
Improving financial literacy
Developing self-advocacy skills
UB connects students who are struggling academically, who want extra academic support, or who want to get ahead with trained college-student tutors. Tutors help students with difficult subject areas and with organization, test preparation, and academic preparedness.
During the academic year participants can attend Upward Bound events in the Eastern Iowa area, including a day of community service, a cultural event such as a play or musical performance, and college campus visits. These events give students the opportunity to find out what "going to college is all about" and what types of opportunities college study presents to them.
During the summer program, Upward Bound participants live and learn on the University of Iowa campus. Participants take courses that will prepare them for their next year in school and engage in creative after-class activities to explore their extracurricular interests. The Upward Bound summer program is comprised of a five-week Rising student residential program for students entering grades 10 through 12 in the fall and a six-week Bridge experience for students entering college in the fall.
Rising Student Program
During the Rising student summer program, students entering grades 10 through 12 the following fall experience college life first-hand by living in one of the University of Iowa's residence halls. During the day, students take rigorous high school level classes in math, science, ACT prep, foreign language, and language arts to prepare them for the upcoming academic year. They also take a STEM seminar focusing on various topics in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Bridge Student Program
In the Bridge experience, students entering college in the fall take a college course through the University of Iowa. Credits earned during the Bridge program can be transferred to any college or university. Bridge students also participate in job shadows with professionals in the Iowa City community and complete a Bridge Seminar class to learn skills to aid in the transition to college. Like Rising students, Bridge students live in university dorms and get to experience life on a university campus.
In the evenings, students participate in SILTS—that's Special Interests and Life-Time Sports—to learn more about hobbies and creative activities they may want to pursue as well as explore ways to remain physically fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle. In the evenings students also enjoy a bit of free time, hit the books or computer lab during UB study time, and participate in occasional resident mentor group meetings.
Week of Learning on the Road
The summer program culminates in a Week of Learning on the Road, an educational field trip to an exciting destination in the United States. Past destinations have included Washington DC, New York City, Minneapolis, South Dakota, Memphis, and Chicago. Participation in the trip is free to all summer participants.
For additional information, please contact your field representative:
Traci Orr email@example.com (link sends e-mail) 319-728-2231 ext 3337
Muscatine High School (link is external) Ms. Margaret Milani College and Career Counselor Margaret.firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail) (563) 263–6141 x1714
Upward Bound could not be successful without the help of community members and volunteers. We are currently seeking:
Academic year tutors (paid position)
Saturday Academy (volunteer position)
For more information about getting involved during the 2019-2020 academic year, please contact the Upward Bound team at email@example.com (link sends e-mail).
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