The Upward Bound Classic (UB) & Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS) programs identify and assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. Each program provides academic support, career mentoring, college advising, and financial aid counseling to participants with the ultimate goal of ensuring they complete high school and enroll in and complete a program of post-secondary education.
The ORS Upward Bound programs are federal grant programs funded by the Department of Education that provide fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The programs provide opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and, ultimately, their higher education pursuits. Specifically, the UBMS programs are designed to strengthen interest & understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education and encourage students to pursue post-secondary degrees in STEM professions.
Upward Bound Programs are 100% funded by the Department of Education. For more information regarding Upward Bound Programs and all other TRiO Programs, visit the Department of Education website.
Our UB Programs serve students at Alvarado, Keene, Lancaster, Rio Vista, Southwest (Fort Worth), and Venus High Schools.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to participate in Upward Bound Programs?
What does it cost to participate in Upward Bound Programs?
What services do Upward Bound Programs provide?
- Personal academic counseling
- Tutorial services for STAAR exams & secondary education courses
- Information on postsecondary education
- Exposure to college campuses
- Information on student financial assistance for postsecondary education
- Financial literacy training
- Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications
- Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
- Workshops for the families of participants
- Summer college-going simulation program, focusing on math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language.
- Field site visits
What schools participate?
Our Upward Bound Programs serve students at Alvarado, Keene, Lancaster, Rio Vista, Southwest (Fort Worth), and Venus High Schools.
How are Upward Bound Programs structured?
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 Schools
We currently have Upward Bound programs in the Alvardo, Keene, Lancaster, Rio Vista, Southwest (Fort Worth), and Venus high schools. Upward Bound Classic and Upward Bound Math & Science are available at all schools.
After School Programs
Financial Aid Assistance
Student Field Trips
Students have the opportunity to explore and learn as they travel to different locations throughout Texas and the country. Activities include college visits, cultural experiences, hands-on learning, and more. These trips are focused on broadening students’ horizons and discovering new career paths.
Financial Aid Checklist
Use this checklist as a reminder of the steps to take when applying for financial aid.
Community College Information
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Unique Scholarships Resources
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The Upward Bound Program is committed to providing opportunities to all qualified people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic, creed, religion, political beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran’s status, or physical or mental disability. The Upward Bound Program is 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education for $$297,601 annually.