The Upward Bound Program of Frostburg State University is currently accepting applications. This pre-college program is designed to assist 60 qualified Allegany County high school students in developing the skills and motivation necessary for success in high school and college. There is no cost to the participant.
UB not only offers academic support and enrichment, but also offers an environment that helps foster personal growth and development. In order to accomplish this, Upward Bound is structured as a year-round program that offers both an academic year component and a six-week summer residential program. The program’s goal is to help students overcome the financial, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education that can exist for the individual student.
The program is entirely funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Students must meet one or both of the following criteria plus have the potential for post-secondary education:
1) First generation college status – meaning that the parent(s) that the student lives with does not have a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college.
2) Families with modest incomes – this varies according to household size and is based on taxable, not gross income.
Once accepted Upward Bound students participate until graduation from high school. Students can expect to receive assistance and to benefit in the following areas:
· Academic advising
· Personal & group counseling
· Career counseling
· Tutoring & study groups
· College campus tours
· Fee waivers for college applications
· College admission forms
· Financial aid forms
· Scholarship searches
· SAT prep classes
· Fee waivers for PSAT, SAT and ACT tests
· Cultural, recreational, educational events & field trips
· Enrichment classes
· The opportunity to meet students from other Allegany County high schools
· Academic instruction to help prepare for college
Both the academic year and summer components of the program offer academic core classes in laboratory science, mathematics, writing, literature and foreign language. The program provides the Bridge students (graduating seniors) with the opportunity to take college classes during the summer prior to attending college.
For six-weeks each summer, FSU’s UB program offers its students a simulated residential college experience on campus. Students live in a residence hall on FSU’s campus, attend classes, participate in many various and varied experiences, and return home on the weekends.
For more information or for an application call the Upward Bound Office at 301-687-4994. You may also visit the Web site at www.frostburg.edu/clife/ubp, or pick up an application at 121 Sand Spring Hall on the FSU campus.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.