Upward Bound is one of several TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  These programs were designed to provide a wide range of academic and cultural enrichment for participants. All Upward Bound projects must provide instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language.

In our 33 years on the Tarleton campus, we have provided a wide-range of free services that have helped hundreds of high school students within our target schools gain the necessary skills and motivation to pursue a post-secondary education.

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and post-secondary education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.

Program Components

Upward Bound provides services during the academic year and the summer. During the academic year, meetings are held two Saturdays a month from September through May on the Tarleton campus. Throughout the summer, participants engage in secondary and postsecondary classroom learning and participate in cultural and educational activities. The five-week summer residential program provides invaluable opportunities for students to experience learning in a college environment. Students must participate in both components to maintain eligibility for program services.

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Target Schools

Upward Bound proudly serves the following high schools:

  • Comanche
  • De Leon
  • Dublin
  • Gustine
  • Iredell
  • Lingleville
  • Stephenville

Post Graduation Bridge

The Summer Bridge program is offered to those who have graduated from high school and are accepted to a post-secondary education in the fall. Upward Bound will pay for a course for college credit that may be transferred to the college of their choice.

Eligibility Criteria

Students may qualify for participation in Upward Bound based upon the following criteria:

  • Being a potential first generation college student (parent does not have a bachelor degree)
  • Meeting income guidelines (taxable income and the number dependents in the household)
  • Demonstrating a need for academic and/or college preparatory service
  • Attending one of the target schools

How to Apply to Upward Bound

The application process for Upward Bound takes place from October through December each year. Applications are now available to download.

In order to apply to the program please complete the following steps:

Step 1 – Download a student application 

Step 2 – Turn in your completed application:

  • When you attend an UB visitor meeting,
  • To your school counselor, or
  • Fax it to 254-968-9295.

Step 3 – Attend all three visitor meetings.

Upward Bound Fall 2022 Visitor Meeting Dates

What is Upward Bound?


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Get Prepared

The college application and financial aid process can be complicated. We will help you with:

  • College applications
  • FASFA (Federal Financial Aid Application)
  • Scholarship applications
  • Assistance with the transition
  • College enrollment and registration
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Excel Academically

A strong high school foundation is essential to college success. Let Upward Bound ease the transition and prepare you for success with service like:

  • Tutorials and study skills development
  • Engaging academic classes
  • Academic monitoring with student accountability
  • Educational and community service activities
  • In-depth SAT and ACT preparation with fee waiver availability
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Obtain Real Experience

Upward Bound is uniquely designed to provide you with multiple opportunities to prepare you for success in postsecondary education and find a meaningful career. Through this program you will:

  • Tour college campuses.
  • Engage in readiness activities.
  • Meet professionals in careers that interest you.
  • Participate in a summer residential program on the Tarleton campus in Stephenville.
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Mimi Vazquez

Director, Upward Bound
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Language: Bilingual

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Frank Chamberlin

Academic Coordinator
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Viri Hernandez

Academic Coordinator
[email protected]
Language: Bilingual