TRIO Upward BoundUpward Bound, a federal TRIO grant, was originally developed from the Educational Opportunity Act of 1964. Created as a result of the War on Poverty, Upward Bound was designed to increase the success of low-income students in post-secondary education. Carl Sandburg College received its first TRIO Upward Bound grant in the Fall of 1999. Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, the Sandburg Upward Bound program entered its fourth grant cycle.
The program, which serves Abingdon, Galesburg, Knoxville, and ROWVA school districts in Knox County, is designed to help high school students excel in secondary and post-secondary education. 65 Knox County area high school students, grades 9-12, are served by Upward Bound on an annual basis. Once a student has been selected to participate in the program, he or she will continue to receive Upward Bound services throughout their high school career. Limited follow-up services are provided as Upward Bound staff track program graduates as they complete their postsecondary education.
Participants of TRIO Upward Bound attend all functions and activities at no cost to them.
How to Join Upward Bound
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States attending high school at 1 of the 4 high schools served in Knox County, IL;
- Meet income eligibility guidelines and/or
- Be a first-generation college bound student (meaning neither parent with whom you reside holds a four year college degree); and
- Complete the Upward Bound application process (the Upward Bound application period runs from February to April).
Academic Year Services
The Sandburg UB program offers a number of services to its participants throughout the school year. Weekly, Upward Bound staff meet with program students at their schools of attendance during a free period or during the lunch hour. Topics of discussion at these meetings range from academic skill development to college and financial aid assistance. Upward Bound staff also meet with students outside of the school setting at least a few times each month. A College Saturday event is held once a month on the Sandburg campus that involves students participating in academic activities within the subject areas of math, science, English, and foreign language. Upward Bound also provides it students with off campus experiences each month, and these may include college visits, trips to museums, theater performances, etc.
Academic tutoring is a service offered to all UB participants on a weekly basis. For the 16-17 school year, the tutoring schedule is as follows;
- Monday-Thursday, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. with program staff in the UB offices.
- Monday-Thursday, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. with the UB tutor in the UB offices.
- Online 24/7 through the Carl Sandburg College Brainfuse tutoring portal. (All UB participants are provided with a login to access Brainfuse)
Sandburg UB participants are also expected to complete 8 hours of community service each program year. Students can either participate in Upward Bound volunteer activities or they may take part community service opportunities elsewhere. The Sandburg UB program believes that part of being a "well-rounded" citizen is making your community a better place to live and/or having a positive impact on other individuals.
The Upward Bound summer program is a six week experience that participants attend each year. During their six weeks in the program, students work on projects, take classes, attend college visits, take filmstrips, and even participate in some community service opportunities. Classes offered to participants are in the areas of math, science, English, and foreign language.
Upon the conclusion of the on-campus summer program, Upward Bound will take a trip during the final week. In the past, students and staff have traveled to New York City, Denver, New Orleans, Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Charleston, etc. While on the trip, students will participate in numerous activities that may include college visits, museum tours, and theater performances, just to name a few.
As part of the summer program experience, students are paid a stipend based upon their attendance and participation.
Rising seniors will have the opportunity to complete a professional internship for their summer experience. Internships take place over the months of June and July and participants are allowed to work up to 15 hours per week with their employer. Based upon a student's academic and career interests, UB staff will arrange for a professional internship within the UB target area. Students gain valuable career insight as part of their summer opportunity and are able to get an early start with their professional networking. UB interns are paid a stipend for the work hours completed.
Newly graduated seniors can participate in the Summer Bridge program for their summer experience. Graduates are able to take up to six credit hours for free at the program's host institution. The Summer Bridge program provides a great opportunity for newly graduated seniors to build on their college experiences and complete credits with the support of the UB staff.
Forms for current UB participants.
Carl Sandburg College 2017 Upward Bound Application Packet
The Carl Sandburg College Upward Bound program is now taking applications for new students for the 2017-18 school year. All application forms and any requested supporting materials are due to the Upward Bound office no later than Monday, April 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. No late application forms or supporting documents will be considered. To download the 2017 Upward Bound application, please click on the provided link below.
Carl Sandburg College 2017 Online Student Application Form
Interested 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students may submit the 2017 Online Student Application Form as part of the application process to Upward Bound. This online form only replaces the first part of the Student Application Packet. Students who submit the online form will still be required to submit the remaining forms found within the Student Application Packet, as well as submit any needed supporting documents. Complete application instructions can be found in the Student Application Packet.
The Carl Sandburg College Upward Bound program is 100% funded in the amount of $270,375 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.