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How are Upward Bound programs
During the academic year, the Upward Bound programs provide tutors and academic counselors for an after-school enrichment program at each participating target high school. Periodically throughout the academic year, the programs will host workshops for students and their families, and field trips to colleges, universities, and field site visits.
During the summer break, Upward Bound programs host a 6-week summer program designed to simulate a college-going experience, focusing on math, laboratory science, composition & literature, and foreign language.
The Upward Bound Programs from Opportunity Resource Services are committed to serving students and their families by providing flexible, customized programming to meet each student’s needs. The goal of the programs is to supplement the activities and programs in which students are already involved. Therefore, ORS Upward Bound program staff will make every effort to accommodate each student’s schedule.
Upward Bound programs serve students at our target high schools who come from low-income families and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound programs is to increase the rate at which these students complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.
Both UB and UBMS are 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education for a period of five years. There is no cost to students or their families to participate. In fact, students who actively participate are eligible for a monthly stipend during both the academic and summer components. There also is no financial cost to the target schools who partner with an Upward Bound program.
Classic Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science both have the same core purpose of preparing students for college. UBMS has the additional goal of helping students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science, while encouraging them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science.
No. You can participate in UBMS if you are planning on going to college to study any field; however, the goal of the program is to encourage students to participate in math/science fields, and many of the activities and events of the UBMS program will be related to math & science.
Many students are interested in fields that they don’t automatically relate to Math & Science. Some math & science fields we will study include:
Nursing and other medical fields
Forensic Science and Criminology
Graphic Design and Digital Photo Editing
Business Finance & Accounting
The UBMS program is currently only available to students at Alvarado High School.
How do I join UB or UBMS?
Both Classic Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science are very rewarding programs. Go ahead and start the application process today! Go to the Upward Bound page or the Upward Bound Math & Science page in order to download an application.
Where can I find more information?
The Department of Education has information regrading the Upward Bound Program and all other TRiO Programs at their website.
The Upward Bound Program and Upward Bound Math & Science Program at ORS are each 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education for $267,000 annually. All programs welcome and encourage participation by interested individuals regardless of race, national origin, gender, or disability.
Opportunity Resource Services mission is to alleviate rural poverty, increase educational attainment, and improve rates of upward mobility in rural Texas communities.