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TRIO Upward Bound

TRiO Upward Bound logoTRIO Upward Bound offers academic enrichment activities that provide high school students enrolled at Roosevelt High School, Soldan High School and Confluence Academy with the motivation and academic skills necessary to successfully complete high school and enter post-secondary education.

Program Eligibility

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Has need for academic support in order to pursue successfully a program of education beyond high school.
  • Be a potential first-generation college student (neither parent completed a 4-year college degree or higher) AND/OR
  • Meet U.S. Department of Education income guidelines.
  • Is enrolled at one of our three partner high schools:
    • Confluence Academy
    • Roosevelt High School
    • Soldan High School

Upward Bound offers many services throughout the year. Our two components include:

Academic Year

During the academic year, students will have access to their Upward Bound counselors at their high school. Students will also attend classes two Saturdays a month specifically designed for academic and personal development. Saturday sessions are held at the St. Louis Community College-Forest Park campus. Academic year services include:

  • Instruction in math, science reading/English, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school
  • Academic, financial, or personal counseling
  • Exposure to academic programs and cultural events
  • Tutoring services - online and in person
  • Information on postsecondary education opportunities
  • Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
  • Work study positions to expose participants to careers requiring a postsecondary degree

Summer Enrichment

Consisting of a six-week academic enrichment program, Upward Bound students participate in classes designed to prepare them for a rigorous academic curriculum. The Academy is held at the St. Louis Community College-Forest Park campus. Upward Bound students can also participate in college tours and cultural enrichment activities during the six-week program. Upward Bound Seniors who recently graduated high school have the opportunity to participate in the Upward Bound Bridge component. Students that successfully complete the bridge component can earn college credit!

Apply to TRIO Upward Bound

This application will require your parent's signature and parent information. Please take time to complete all fields that are required to determine your eligibility for Upward Bound.

Complete the Upward Bound Application here!

Frequently Asked Questions

No, it is free! We provide books, learning materials, and meals so that each student may complete their work in the program. Upward Bound college tours and cultural events also completely free!

We're glad you ask! Upward Bound provides advising at your high school and after school tutoring. We also meet every other Saturday, October - April, for classes from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Forest park campus. We keep outside work to a minimum, with most activities done in class.

You are eligible to join Upward Bound if you go to Confluence Academy, Roosevelt High School, or Soldan High School, meet federal income guidelines and are a potential first-generation college student. If you're interested in college prep but don't qualify for Upward Bound, the STLCC's Early College Program may be right for you instead.

We provide additional instruction in math, reading/English, science, college prep, and personal finance. Our Upward Bound Counselors also help with advising, applying to colleges, scholarships and federal financial aid. Basically, we try to provide tips and tools that help you graduate high school and enroll in college!

Upward Bound work-study provides students an opportunity to learn about different career fields through job shadowing, internships, or by participating in our Virtual Job Shadow program. This is usually done at our Summer Academy and students can earn stipends for participating.

Contact Us

TRIO Upward Bound

STLCC-Forest Park | W321



Monday-Friday | 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Two Saturdays a month | 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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