Purpose of Upward Bound

Upward Bound (UB) is a college preparatory program that provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and provides the fundamental support participants need in their preparation for college entrance.  UB is designed to help students overcome economic, social, and educational barriers towards achieving the success of a degree in post secondary education.

Upward Bound supports students differently than Educational Talent Search (ETS)

UB serves 50 high school students through activities designed to improve their grades, promote study and research skills necessary for college, and generate the motivation needed to succeed in higher education.  UB students receive a small monetary stipend that reflects their academic achievements and participation in the program.

UB is also designed to track students beyond high school and monitor their academic success at post secondary institutions.  One of UB’s objectives is to have the majority of the students complete a post secondary program of study within six years of completion of high school.


Upward Bound Services

UB Program Components; what services do we provide to students?

The Upward Bound Program provides you a variety of educational opportunities, as well as cultural and career activities such as:

  • After-school tutoring in reading, writing, math, and science.
  • Monthly class-level meetings.
  • A residential 6-week Summer Academy containing five weeks of coursework in the above disciplines, and one week of a group trip. Participation in the Academy is MANDATORY.
  • Individualized academic planning and guidance.
  • Exposure to academic programs and cultural events.
  • College visits and information on post-secondary education opportunities.
  • Guidance with career and vocational explorations.
  • College preparation assistance; admission, financial aid, and scholarship applications.
  • A bi-quarterly stipend (based on academics and UB participation) and a summer stipend.


Contact your school's Specialist to pick up an application, come by the main office at the college, or print your application 

  • NBHS: Grant Gill in "The Bunker"
  • MHS: Honora Buell in Student Services
  • SOCC: Chris Smith in Randolph 8 
  • Turn the completed application into your specialist or the main office at the locations listed above

Desired Student Attributes

Qualified applicants are able to meet the following criteria:

  • Is willing and able to participate in all aspects of the UB program. The 6-week Summer Academy is a requirement of all participants.
  • Has academic potential as evidenced by at least a “C” average in core-component courses (Math, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science).
  • Is motivated about pursuing an education beyond high school.
  • Is a first-generation college student, or a low income individual; is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Has a parent/guardian who supports and encourages their student’s educational goals and UB commitments.
  • Is currently a 9th or 10th grade student at either Marshfield or North Bend High School.

Financial Aid

FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an online application students must complete to receive any federal student aid.  

  • Opens January 1st at 12:00am EST which means it's actually available on the west coast at 9:00pm December 31
  • Available for completion at www.fafsa.gov   
  • The FAFSA requires parent tax information and for the student and parent to have a FSA ID.  The FSA ID is used as an online signature and can be reused each year.
  • Students and parents can apply for a FSA ID at any time by going to https://fsaid.ed.gov
  • The FAFSA website is a secure and encoded site which means hackers are not able to get your personal information.

Federal student aid includes:

  • Grants- financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund)
  • Loans- borrowed money for college or career school; you must repay your loans, with interest
  • Work-Study- a work program through which you earn money to help you pay for school  

Scholarships: financial aid that doesn't have to be repaid

  • Scholarships can be awarded by a college/university and/or private and community organizations
  • Students must apply for scholarships in order to receive them.  Scholarship application often require an essay or letters of recommendation
  • Scholarships can be awarded based on grades/GPA, athletics, extracurricular activities, community service, etc.
  • There are scholarships for just about everything and in any amount, and many scholarships are not awarded because no one applied for them.

Go to http://studentaid.ed.gov/ for more information about financial aid  

OSAC: Oregon Student Access Commission

  • The OSAC Scholarship Application allows students to apply to hundreds or Oregon scholarships with just one application
  • For more information about OSAC, go to http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/

Check out your schools' websites for more local college and scholarship information!


Monthly Meetings- 4:00-5:00pm in Tioga 408 on the SWOCC campus

  • 1st Wednesday: Freshmen
  • 2nd Wednesday: Sophomores
  • 3rd Wednesday: Juniors
  • 4th Wednesday: Seniors
  • NOTE: This schedule will be modified in December, January, March, and June to accommodate school breaks and graduation

Tutoring- 3:30-5:30pm in Tioga 408 on the SWOCC campus

  • Math Tutoring is currently offered Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Spanish Tutoring is currently offered Thursdays

Summer Academy- June 19, 2016-July 28, 2016

  • There will be a parent/student orientation in May (Date and location TBD)
  • The camping week is July 10, 2016-July 14, 2016 in Portland and La Grande, OR

Campus Visits

  • Southern Oregon University February 12-13, 2016
  • Oregon State University TBD

Career and Cultural Field Trips

  • Engineering Dinner February 17, 2016
  • Freshman Leadership Experience February 23, 2016
  • Sonia K Math Day February 27, 2016
  • National TRiO Day February 27, 2016
  • Sophomore Success Conference April 12, 2016

Sharilyn Brown

Chris Smith
TS/UB Office Coordinator

Grant Gill
Upward Bound Specialist, NBHS

Honora Buell  
Upward Bound Specialist, MHS

Neil Winberg
Talent Search Specialist, MHS
Summer Upward Bound