Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound is one of the educational opportunity programs for income eligible Americans referred to as the TRIO Programs. The TRIO Programs were originally established by the federal government to ensure equal education opportunity regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance.

The Upward Bound Program was created with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, the original War on Poverty statute. In 1968 the program was transferred to the Higher Education Act.

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Upward Bound; fostering academic and life success by encouraging and empowering high school students in their pursuit of post secondary education.

The goal of the program is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Upward Bound is a pre-college program designed to help first generation college students complete high school and succeed in higher education.

The Upward Bound Program at Fredonia was established in 1989. Since its inception, it has been successfully funded during each grant competition cycle.

Most recently the program received approval for the 2012 to 2017 grant cycle. The program at Fredonia is only one of 940 funded programs across the nation.

Since the Upward Bound Program began at Fredonia, it has and continues to provide help to students in overcoming class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

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