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Welcome to Upward Bound!

The purpose of Upward Bound is to reinforce the academic skills and generate the personal motivation necessary to complete a college education. Specifically, the program is designed to improve high school performance and graduation rates, as well as the rate at which students enroll in and graduate from a college of their choice.

Harding University Upward Bound is a part of the newly formed Center for Student Success.

How is Upward Bound funded?

The program is funded through a multi-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. There is no cost to participating students or their schools for UB services.

Target Area of Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Program on the Harding University campus is funded to serve 65 high school students within White and Woodruff counties. Specific high school districts served during the 2012-2017 grant cycle are Augusta, Bald Knob, McCrory, Pangburn, Riverview, and White County Central. Students residing in those counties or enrolled at one of the target schools may apply for admission.

Who is eligible for Upward Bound Program services?

"Students must have completed the 8th grade, be between the ages of 13 and 19, and have a need for academic support in order to pursue a program of postsecondary education. All students must be either from low-income families or be potential first-generation college students. The program requires that two-thirds of the participants in a project must be both low-income and potential first-generation college students. The remaining one-third must be either low-income or potential first-generation college students. Students are selected based on recommendations from local educators, social workers, clergy, or other interested parties." For further details...

Interested students may request information from the Upward Bound Program offices on the Harding University campus. Information is also available in the high school counselors’ offices.

HU UB Phone: 501-279-4170
HU UB Fax: 501-279-4169

Most students will be enrolled during their 9th grade year. Since participants are encouraged to remain with the program through high school graduation and college enrollment there will be a limited number of new students accepted each year.

Interested students complete an application package and submit it through their high school counselors to the Upward Bound Director. When the Upward Bound staff verifies that all qualifications have been met a personal interview is arranged for the student and a parent(s). Students that meet all qualifications, including academic goals and willingness to commit, are invited to become a part of the Upward Bound Program (based on the number of openings available).

How are Upward Bound Program services provided?

Academic Year - From September through May, participants will spend 14 Saturdays on the Harding campus. The primary focus of these visits will be academic tutoring. Students also participate in workshops on a broad range of topics including study skills, social skills, learning styles, test taking strategies and interpersonal relationships. Students from outlying districts are provided transportation. Upward Bound provides Saturday lunch to students (at no charge to students) in the Harding University cafeteria.

Summer Academy Component - Upward Bound students completing the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades attend a 6 week program in the summer. The Summer Academy is designed to simulate the "college" experience. Students live in the dorms on the Harding University campus, attend social events, eat in the university cafeteria, participate in field trips and enjoy various recreational activities. Most importantly students attend classes during the day Monday-Friday that consist of supplemental instruction in the high school curriculum. One goal of the Summer Academy is for each student to develop the tools needed to excel in the following school year.


Summer Bridge Component - Following high school graduation qualifying UB participants will be encouraged to enroll in the first summer term at Harding University. Upward Bound pays all tuition and fees, as well as room and board charges, for the term. Tutors are supplied to support the "Bridge" students in their transition from high school to college. Bridge students have the opportunity to participate in most Summer Academy activities alongside the other UB students.

Upward Bound Program students - how you can help US help YOU!

Maintaining the funding for Upward Bound is dependent on submitting statistical reports. The UB Staff will maintain contact with students after their high school graduation until they have completed college or some other form of post-secondary education. The staff cannot remain in contact with students... if we don't know where you are. If you are a HUUB graduate please go to Alumni Tracking to submit your current contact info! We appreciate your help. By keeping us up-to-date on your progress you are helping provide UB opportunities to other high school students.

Upward Bound

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