The Upward Bound Program of Frostburg State University is currently accepting applications. This pre-college program is designed to assist 77 qualified Allegany County students in developing the skills and motivation necessary for success in high school and college. FSU’s program serves rising ninth graders through graduating high school seniors. There is no cost to the participant as the program is entirely funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
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, UB was 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. Students also have the unique opportunity to meet and work with students from other Allegany County high schools.
Applications are accepted from students in the eighth through 11th grades. High school seniors are not eligible to apply. Once accepted, UB students participate until graduation from high school. Students can expect to receive assistance and to benefit in many different areas. These areas include academic advising, tutoring, career exploration, enrichment classes, assistance with filling out forms, scholarship information, SAT and ACT prep, college visits and field trips.
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 residence halls, attend classes, participate in various activities and return home on the weekends.
Students must meet one or both of two requirements, plus have the potential for post-secondary education, first generation college status (meaning that the parent or parents with whom the student lives does not have a bachelor’s degree). Also, the students must come from families with modest incomes; this varies according to household size and is based on taxable, not gross income.
For more information or for an application, call the UB Office at (301) 687-4994, visit the Web site at www.frostburg.edu/clife/ubp for downloadable forms, or pick up an application at 121 Sand Spring Hall. Guidance counselors in area middle and high schools also have applications.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.