Upward Bound Accepting Applications From Big Island Students

Upward Bound is currently accepting applications from low-income and potential first-generation college bound 9th and 10th grade students attending Waiakea, Hilo Ka’u, Kea’au and Pahoa High Schools. Students must be motivated to prepare for, and pursue a four-year degree following high school graduation.

UH Hilo has sponsored Upward Bound since 1979. Upward Bound is a college preparatory program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to serve 180 students. Students must be members of low-income families and/or members of families where neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The program provides fundamental academic, social and motivational support for participants, and assists the participant and family to develop a College Success Plan. Students are expected to enter college the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.

Services provided include tutoring; secondary and postsecondary academic advising; instruction in core subjects (mathematics, laboratory sciences, language arts, literature and foreign languages); career exploration; mentoring; work-study opportunities; and services designed to improve the financial and economic literary of participants and parents. Programming and activities are designed to help students from groups traditionally under-represented in postsecondary education.

The mission of Upward Bound is to generate in program participants the skills and motivation necessary to successfully complete a program of secondary education, enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education, earning a bachelor’s degree, and enter a career requiring at minimum a bachelor’s degree.

For additional information please call 974-7337 or visit the Upward Bound website: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/ub.

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