Upward Bound offers college experience to eligible students

TRiO Upward Bound, a pre-college program sponsored by the University of Hawaii Maui College and funded through the U.S. Department of Education, is accepting applications from high school students in grades 9 through 12.

TRiO Upward Bound is a free educational program that prepares students for college to earn bachelor’s degrees. The program consists of year-round activities including the popular Summer Academy, where students live in dorms and take challenging courses in core subjects for six weeks over the summer.

The academic year consists of weekly school visits, monthly Saturday Academy (workshops on college preparation and activities), and college tours. The program and all activities are offered at no cost to parents and students.

The federal TRiO Upward Bound programs were created in 1964 to support students from low-income backgrounds who would be the first generation in their family to pursue higher education. This year, UH-Maui College Upward Bound has been awarded two five-year grants and will be accepting an increased number of participants.

Eligibility requirements include: intent to enroll in college after high school; enrollment at Baldwin High, Maui High, or Molokai High School; parents who have not earned a four-year degree and/or meet program income requirements; potential to benefit from Upward Bound services; and motivation to participate in program activities.

The application may be found online at www.tinyurl.com/mauiubapp. Applications submitted to the UH-Maui College Upward Bound office by April 15 will be given priority.

Qualified applicants will be invited for interviews. Applications may also be obtained via mail by calling the Upward Bound office at 984-3299.