To assist low-income, first generation students with the completion of high school, preparation for and entering into college, and completion of a post-secondary degree.
High school students, in the ninth and tenth grades, are selected based on the recommendations of teachers, counselors, and social service agencies. In order to be considered to participate in the Upward Bound program, the applicant must be first-generation student. A first-generation student is someone whose parents have not received a college degree. Most students must be eligible based on low-income guidelines as outlined by the U.S. Department of Education.
Upward Bound is funded to serve students enrolled in one of the following five high schools:
All 9th grade students in both the Davis and Ogden School Districts must attend a junior high that feeds students into one of the above listed high schools.
Student must have the potential to be successful in post-secondary college program, which includes a grade point average above 2.5, good school attendance, and average or above scores on achievement tests. To remain in the program students must meet the following requirements:
- Maintain a 2.5 grade point average
- Maintain good school attendance
- Participate in Upward Bound's services including: after-school study hall (when available), Saturday College Prep/Study Hall, individual academic counseling sessions, special monthly activities and community service
- Complete the six-week summer residential academic program.
Weber State Univeristy Upward Bound is a National TRiO Program that began in 1965 under President Lyndon Baines Johnson's War on Poverty Program. Upward Bound, Student Support Services and Educational Talent Search were the original three TRiO programs.
Currently, there are eight different types of TRiO programs in the nation that are federally funded, which include:
- Educational Talent Search
- Upward Bound
- Upward Bound Math/Science
- Veterans Upward Bound
- Student Support Services
- Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program
- Educational Opportunity Centers
- Training Grants for TRiO Personnel
Weber State University sponsors four of the eight TRiO programs including:
Weber State University also sponsors: