Apply to the Upward Bound Program

Eligibility: you must be either from a low-income family (click here for current low-income levels) or a potential first generation college student (neither one of your biological parents has a 4-year bachelor's degree). 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

Application for: Ashe, Avery, Watauga, West Wilkes High Schools

Application for: Alleghany, Freedom, McDowell High Schools

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

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, including food, housing, and transportation, are paid for by Upward Bound.