Upward Bound is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Education under the category of Federal TRiO Programs. The Upward bound program helps students overcome class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education. North Central Missouri College (NCMC) sponsors the Upward Bound program. Upward Bound is designed to provide academic instruction, motivational and study skills, along with other support services necessary to give that extra "push" to high school students interested in attending college and finding the right career.
Students are eligible for Upward Bound if the following are met:
• They show potential for academic success in college but lack skills, motivation, or self-confidence.
• They are a first generation college student, meaning that neither parent has earned a bachelor's (four-year) degree, OR their families income does not exceed the guidelines determined by the U.S. Department of Education.
• They have completed the 8th grade but have not yet completed 10th grade.
• They attend one of the six target high schools:
Services provided to students:
• Academic Advising
• Career Exploration
• College Selection
• Financial Aid and Scholarship Application Assistance
• Mentoring (Family Groups)
• Personal Advising
• Services and Activities for Parents
• Target School Advocacy
• Cultural and Recreational Activities
• Much, much, more!
• Students receive tutoring after school, which helps prepare them for college by improving their grades.
• Students spend six weeks on NCMC campus, which reduces anxieties about attending college and familiarizes students with life on a college campus.
• Students get a jump start on upcoming fall classes with summer Upward Bound academic courses.
• Students earn stipends monthly during the academic year and weekly during the summer program. Students earn stipends by attending Extreme Saturdays, attending UB's school visits, and through academic advising.