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What is Upward Bound?

The Upward Bound Program (UB) is a federally funded program in a cluster of programs referred to as TRIO. The TRIO programs began after the enactment of the Higher Education Act of 1965. UB provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their high school performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. UB serves high school students from low-income families and who are first generation college students (their parents did not graduate from college with a bachelors degree). The goal of UB is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.

Grand Valley State University has received continual funding for the TRIO UB Program since 1978. Once accepted into the GVSU UB program, students participate until their high school graduation. All services are provided at no cost to students.

TRiO Students

Program Highlights

The GVSU TRIO Upward Bound program is funded to serve 100 students at Union High School and Innovation Central High School. Both schools are part of the Grand Rapids Public School District in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The program provides:

  • A supportive learning environment with academic instruction, tutoring and advising
  • Individualized support and encouragement for all students
  • A challenging curriculum in a small, supportive setting designed to evaluate and strengthen student reading, study skills, and problem solving skills
  • An intensive five week Summer Residential Program with academic, cultural and social activities
  • College campus tours
  • Cultural field trips in and out-of-state
  • Assistance in the search for financial aid and scholarships 
  • Assistance with college application and admissions process