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pre-College Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a college preparatory program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  The purpose of Upward Bound is to help students develop or improve their skills and motivation necessary to successfully complete high school and graduate college. Upward Bound provides intensive, year-round academic services and enrichment activities to prepare students holistically for success in college. 
 

APPLY FOR UPWARD BOUND

or download and print an APPLICATION

During the summer, Upward Bound students attend a six-week residential academy designed to provide a college going experience, as well as give a head start on the students next year in school.  The summer academy offers: 

  • ACT/SAT preparation sessions
  • Career exploration and Job shadowing opportunities
  • Mathematics, science, English and writing classes
  • Enrichment and STEM activities
  • College tours
  • Financial aid and scholarship workshops
  • Character and Leadership development
  • Financial and economic literacy
  • Community service opportunities
  • Cultural/Enrichment trip
  • Attendance and participation stipend 
  • High school elective credit

Academic Year (august-may)

Upward Bound also provides a variety of educational, cultural and career enrichment experiences throughout the year which includes:

  • College Prep Saturday Sessions
  • Tutoring and afterschool homework (Monday-Thursday)
  • ACT/SAT preparation sessions
  • Weekly Academic Coaching
  • College visits and field trips
  • Assistance completing the FASFA application
  • Community Service opportunities
  • Assistance finding/completing college and scholarship applications
  • Mentoring
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Cultural enrichment experiences
  • Technology and education resources
  • Monthly participation stipend
  • High school elective credit

how to become an upward bound member

Students interested in joining Upward Bound are encouraged to apply during the 8th, 9th and 10th grade.  Limited spaces are available for students who have completed the 11th grade. To be a member the student must:
 

  • Be a first generation college bound student (neither parent has obtained a four-year college degree) and/or meet financial eligibility guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Education 
  • Be enrolled in a partner high school: Logan, Capital, Nitro, Riverside, Sissonville, South Charleston, St. Albans (If in middle school, the student will enroll in a partner school next year)
  • Have a desire to attend college after high school and would benefit from our services 
  • Be willing to remain in the Upward Bound until high school graduation
  • Complete and submit the Upward Bound Application
After submitting the application, the student will need to ask his/her/their current guidance school counselor, math teacher and English teacher to submit the approperiate recommendation form below. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

West Virginia State University
Pre-College Upward Bound 
PO Box 1000
Sullivan Hall 223 East
(304) 766-3120

Our Team

Krystal
Krystal Tolliver
Director of TRIO Programs
(304) 542-0548
ktolliver@wvstateu.edu
Lloyd
Lloyd Wilkerson
Academic Coach
(304) 766-4264
lloyd.wilkerson@wvstateu.edu
Nada
Nada Gray
Academic Coach
(304) 766-5145
nada.gray@wvstateu.edu
Angela
Angela Myers
Academic Coach
(304) 206-6938
myersaj@wvstateu.edu
Amy
Amy Champe
Office Administrator
(306) 766-3120
amy.champe@wvstateu.edu
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