Upward Bound is a federally
funded program through the United States
Department of Education TRIO Programs. It
is designed to assist sixty eligible high school
students to successfully complete their high
school education, enroll in, and complete a
post-secondary education program. The
central idea behind Upward Bound is that
students from traditionally under-represented
groups can be prepared to successfully compete
in post-secondary institutions by providing them
with a simulated college experience rich in
academic and motivational support.
By providing tutoring,
counseling, and individualized instruction,
Upward Bound helps students to bridge the gap
between their performance and their potential,
thus increasing the opportunity for gaining
admission to college.
Students are selected from
specific high schools in the city of San Jose.
To qualify, the student must (1) have freshman,
sophomore, or junior status at entry; (2) meet
the low-income federal guidelines; and/or be the
first generation in his/her family to complete a
baccalaureate degree; (3) be a U.S. citizen or
eligible resident; (4) and have the desire and
commitment to pursue a college education.
During the academic year, the
Project's services include both individual and
after-school tutorials, academic and college
advising, college tours, and a variety of
enrichment activities of an educational,
recreational, and cultural nature.
In the summer, the Project offers
a Summer Academic Enrichment Residential
Program. The six-week session includes
college preparatory courses, daily tutorial
assistance, study skills training, as well as
academic and college advising. Students
live in college dormitories during the week,
going home on weekends, and attend classes
during the week at The National Hispanic
The program was established at
NHU in September of 1989 and currently serves 64
students. All services to eligible
participants are provided free of charge.