Summer Program Evaluation for Scholars

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How will you spend your Two Million Minutes?

" As soon as a student completes the 8th grade, the clock starts ticking. From that very moment the child has approximately … Two Million Minutes until high school graduation … Two Million Minutes to build their intellectual foundation … Two Million Minutes to prepare for college and ultimately career …Two Million Minutes to go from a teenager to an adult.

How a student spends their Two Million Minutes - in class, at home studying, playing sports, working, sleeping, socializing or just goofing off  - will affect their economic prospects for the rest of their lives." -

Upward Bound logo - Access, Partnership, Empowerment

The Upward Bound Program is a chance to invest in those Two Million Minutes in positive, productive, and life-changing ways!

Check out these videos to find out more about the Upward Bound experience:

Upward Bound provides academic support to high school students so they may complete high school, enroll in college, and successfully obtain a college degree. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO Programs division, qualifying participants come from families who meet federal income guidelines, or will be first-generation college students.

As Upward Bound scholars, participants engage in academic programs throughout the year including:

  • A six-week summer academy on Appalachian State University’s campus
  • Tutoring assistance from college students
  • Aid with selection of high school courses for college preparation
  • College visits and help with applications for admission and financial aid
  • Resume and cover letter development for scholarship application purposes

Scholars also have opportunities to form bonds with students from area schools through camping, kayaking and backpacking outings, and various other cultural and personal development experiences. All of these opportunities are paid for by Upward Bound.

Why should you go to college?

Project-Based Learning - Upward Bound style!

Video by Jonathon Carlson from Watauga High School

More Information

  • Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It! Read more here!
  • Click here to read testimonials from past Upward Bound scholars about the positive impact the program had on their lives.
  • For more information, please contact us.

First in My Family: Supporting First-Generation College Students


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