UB Program

Upward Bound is a pre-college program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, designed to motivate eligible high-school students to enter and successfully complete post- secondary education, The program maintains an atmosphere of creativity and achievement where students become excited about college and careers. The opportunities to think, listen, learn and grow in step with each student’s development are the keys to student confidence and are provided within our program structure.

Who is eligible for the Upward Bound Program?

  • High school students who attend Hillcrest High School
  • Students who come from what’s considered as low-income families (Criteria Here)


  • First generation students (neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree)
  • Students who have good academic standing
  • Students who are committed to higher education pursuits/ college
  • Students who seek active participation

What Does Upward Bound Provide?

    • Academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages
    • Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, and education services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students
    • The opportunity to participate in a six week summer program
    • Educational field trips
    • Cultural enrichment activities such as visits to museums, plays, and art exhibits
    • Programs and activities that are specifically designed for students who are from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education

How Do I Apply?

Please complete the interest form by clicking here. Eligible students are invited to join a recruitment group of  5-10 students. Students must complete the application process and complete a 60- day probationary period.  A complete application consists of: application, recommendations, income verification, and a copy of an updated transcript.. An interview with the student and parent is the final step of the application process. Please note that submitting an interest form and/or application does not guarantee admission into the Upward Bound Program. Admission to the program is extended following the 60 day probationary period. 

Interest Form