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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 students, 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

Students 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.


Upward Bound Program awarded nearly $3.5M

Appalachian State University's Upward Bound Program recently received additional grant funding extending college access services for students in Western North Carolina for an additional 5 years. The funding,  which is allocated 2018-2022, allows the program to provide academic support to 325 regional high school students (in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties, as well as Freedom High School in Burke County and West Wilkes High School in Wilkes County) so they may complete high school, enroll in postsecondary education and successfully obtain a college degree.  Read more from the Appalachian Today feature here.


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