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TRiO Upward Bound logoUpward Bound offers academic enhancement activities that provide high school students with the motivation and academic skills necessary to successfully complete high school and enter post-secondary education. Upward Bound offers two components that can be virtual and or in person:



During the academic year, students will attend classes two Saturdays a month targeted towards academic and personal development at the St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

  • Instruction in reading, writing, 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
  • Tutorial services- online and in person
  • Mentoring programs
  • 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 take classes at the St. Louis Community College-Forest Park campus and participate in cultural and recreational activities. Students who successfully complete the program will qualify to participate in the Upward Bound Bridge component. Students that successfully complete the bridge component may earn up to seven college credits that are transferable to the college of their choice.

Apply to Trio Upward Bound

Depending on where you are in the application process will indicate which forms you will need to submit in order to be considered for the Upward Bound program.

Fill out the Complete Upward Bound Application

Individual Forms Found in the Complete Application

If you have already submitted some of the forms but not the complete form, here is a list of all the forms found in the complete form.

  1. Student/Parent Information Form
  2. Student Essay Form
  3. Teacher/Counselor Form
  4. Transcript/Media Release Form

Frequently Asked Questions

No, it is free! We provide books, learning materials, and a Chromebook so that each student may complete their work for the program.

We're glad you ask! We meet every other Saturday for classes from 9 a.m. to noon, with optional tutoring after. Every other class is online, with those in person held at our Forest Park campus. We keep outside work to a minimum, with most activities done in class.

If you go to high school within city limits of St. Louis, you may meet our federal requirements. Call or email one of our staff, or fill out the online application form. 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.

We teach academic skills in reading, writing, science, studying, college prep, and personal 
finance. Basically, we try to provide tips and tools that you can take with you anywhere - in 
any class, or on the job.

Attending some of our workshops, like robotics or entrepreneurship, gives you focused, 
hands-on experience that you can get a stipend for. This is usually done at our Summer 
Academy, where you're spending time getting immersed in a field.

Contact Us

TRIO Upward Bound

STLCC-Forest Park | G-311


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

Meet the Team

Carolyn Jackson, Director

cajackson@stlcc.edu  | 314-951-9481 | Forest Park G311

Carolyn Jackson, or as everyone calls her, Miss Carolyn, is the director of the Upward Bound program. She has over 21 years of experience here at Upward Bound. She works with designing curriculum, exposing students to college tours and cultural activities, and the management such as proposals and marketing to keep the program running. Her favorite part of Upward Bound is seeing students show academic growth for their grade levels. In St. Louis, Miss Jackson enjoys walking around Forest Park.

Dr. Ashley Porter

aporter@stlcc.edu | 314-951-948x | Forest Park G311

Dr. Ashley Porter has over 15 years of experience working with Upward Bound at St. Louis Community College. She is an instructor for student classes such as College Reading, Writing, and Study Skills. She offers tutoring and works in the program office during the week. Dr. Porter's favorite part of the program is helping students prepare for college, as well as providing assistance with French and Spanish languages. In St. Louis, she enjoys visiting art museums, particularly the St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park.


Marvin Bullard

mbullard2@stlcc.edu | 314-951-9473 | Forest Park G-316

Marvin Bullard has nearly ten years of experience as a TRiO Upward Bound counselor, and joined the STLCC Upward Bound program this last year. He recruits new students and educates students about potential college and career opportunities. The Summer Program is his favorite period because he gets to spend more time with students and travel to colleges around the country with them. In St. Louis, he likes to visit the Botanical Gardens, the Science Center, the Zoo, the Adrenaline Zone, and others.

Caitlin Palmer

cpalmer56@stlcc.edu | 314-951-9472 | Forest Park G-314 

Caitlin Palmer is a new counselor and instructor at Upward Bound. She has taught students at Spokane Falls Community College and University of Idaho for the last five years, and tutored at the University of Missouri for several years before that. She recruits new students and teaches College Preparation, Writing & Study Skills. One of her favorite parts of the program is helping students with college admissions essays in which they talk about their experiences, goals, and dreams. In St. Louis, she likes to walk around the DeMun and Forest Park, and get coffee.



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