•  What is Upward Bound?

     Upward Bound is a free, year-round college preparatory program for high school students. It is 100% grant funded by the federal government with an annual award of $403,824. The goal of the program is to prepare low income, potential first generation college bound students for success in postsecondary education. Students attending a target school in Beeville, Mathis, Pettus or Skidmore or must qualify in order to be selected. Once selected, students remain in the program until their graduation from high school and completion of their first summer semester of college.

    Eligibility Requirements
    Students must be: 

    1. Low income and/or potential first generation college (neither 
    parent has a bachelor's degree)
    2. At least 13 years old
    3. Entering the 9th or 10th grade of high school
    4. Be a student attending a target school
    5. Be a citizen, national, or a permanent resident of the U.S.

    Academic Year
    From September through May, students attend classes on specified Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Instruction is offered in mathematics, laboratory science, English, reading, writing, speech, Spanish, and life management skills which include study skills, career awareness, and related topics. 

    Summer Component
    Starting in June, the students attend a six-week summer program. Classes, cultural events, and field trips are held from Monday evening through Thursday afternoon with career and campus trips on Friday. The summer program offers instruction in mathematics, English, laboratory science, foreign language, life management skills, computer science and fine arts.

    Bridge Program
    After graduating from high school, qualifying Upward Bound students enroll at Coastal Bend College for their first summer semester. Students are assisted with the admission and financial aid process, as well as their academic transition to college. In addition, tutoring, counseling, and various other services are offered. The Upward Bound bridge program provides tuition, housing, and supplies.