Virtual UB Summer Info


Sunday- Thursday beginning June 13th and ending on July 22nd (no programming the week of July 4th).

This will include: 

Rising 10th and 11th grade:

  • Nightly Atom Group meetings 4:00-6:00 (small group of peers facilitated by trained college students) 
  • Two Academic Classes: English and one additional class of your choosing

Classes offered: 

  • Music
  • Sign Language
  • French
  • Math
  • Biology (with a focus on dissection)

Rising 12th Grade:

  • College Transition, Personal Finance, and College Writing classes
  • A work study in your home county where you can experience career/interest development and earn extra stipend money
  • Weekly atom group and one-on-one meetings to help you reach your personal and academic goals

The classes are not for a grade, and work can be done at your own pace to be turned in weekly.

Fun Perks:

  • Virtual College Tours of Colleges and Universities
  • First Aid Certification 
  • Art Projects
  • Team building
  • Service Projects (great for both personal growth and resume building!) 
  • Lifelong friends 

What's different during a Virtual UB Summer?

 You will receive a stipend at the end of the summer for participating in each program over the 6 weeks. We will also provide a laptop, hotspot, and other necessary supplies for all UB students for the summer.

Apply to the Upward Bound Program

Click here to complete an application for the Upward Bound Program (Open for 2020-2021 school year)

 *This application will take you about 30 minutes to complete and you will need information from your parents.*

 Only students from the following schools in North Carolina are eligible to apply:  Avery County High School, Ashe County High School, Ashe Early College, Freedom High School, McDowell High School, Watauga High School, Alleghany High School, West Wilkes High School

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 other students from area schools through various cultural and personal development experiences. All of these opportunities are paid for by Upward Bound.