TRIO Upward Bound Program

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Welcome to the TRIO Upward Bound Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Upward Bound, housed in the Office of Minority Student Affairs, has been a part of the Illinois community since 1966. We at Upward Bound, are committed to providing our students with high quality academic, cultural, and career related activities designed to prepare and equip them to successfully complete high school, enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution and obtain a baccalaureate degree.

Upward Bound students on the UI Springfield campus

Upward Bound Program Highlights

College visits

  • Visits to a number of public and private intuitions across the US

Academic support

  • Tutoring in Math, English, Science and Foreign Language
  • SAT/ACT preparation
  • Course planning
  • Study skills

Financial Aid/Scholarships

  • FAFSA Completion
  • College scholarships search

Programming

  • Year-Round programming in the Summer and Academic Year

Exploration

  • Career and Major Exploration
  • Cultural enrichment activities
Upward Bound students

Upward Bound Program Eligibility

Before you apply, please be sure you meet the following criteria:

  • Attend (or will attend) one of following high schools
    • Centennial High School
    • Central High School
    • Urbana High School
  • Maintain citizenship, permanent residency, or are in the process of becoming a permanent resident of the United States
  • Meet federal guidelines based on income and/or educational background of parents
  • First-generation (neither natural or adoptive parents has obtain a baccalaureate degree)

Application

Complete and submit a copy of the student application (pdf) to:

TRIO Upward Bound Program
Office of Minority Student Affairs
Student Services Building, Suite 130
610 E John St.
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-1889
trioupwardbound@illinois.edu

Staff

  • Sabrina Donegan, MA – Assistant Director
  • Keanya Jackson, BS – Program Assistant
  • Bob Nelson, BS – Office Support Specialist

For more information about eligibility, program services or general questions, contact the Upward Bound Program, (217) 333-1889.

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