Upward Bound Program
About Upward Bound
The Florida SouthWestern State College Upward Bound Program is a college preparatory program designed to motivate and prepare students for the successful pursuit of a four-year college education. The goal of the program is to increase the rate at which low-income, first-generation-to-college students enroll in and graduate from a college or university with a bachelor's degree. The mission of the program is to empower students each year with the academic skills and motivation necessary for persistence and success in high school, college, and beyond.
The program is ideal for students who have potential for college, but need to strengthen their academic skills. Upward Bound provides instruction in Science, Math, English, and foreign languages. In addition, students are provided a variety of academic support services during the regular academic year, including Saturday classes on FSW campus. The program also has a six-week nonresidential component, in which participants engage in student-centered instruction, and cultural and social extra-curricular activities.
The Upward Bound program is funded by the U. S. Department of Education, under Title IV of the Higher Education Act known as a TRIO, program to serve 63 students. The program is administered under the Florida SouthWestern State College Student Enrollment department.
- Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
- Must be first generation (neither parent received a Bachelor’s Degree or higher)
- Must be low income according to the guidelines established by the U.S. Government
- Must be a student who has the potential to succeed in and has the need for academic support in order to successfully pursue a program of education beyond high school
- Must have completed 8th grade but not yet entered the 11th grade and 13 years old but not older than 19
High Schools Served
- Riverdale High School
- Lehigh Senior High School
- East Lee County High School