The Upward Bound Program at 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 seniors. The program is entirely funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is free for participants.
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 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 grades eight through 10. High school juniors and seniors are not eligible to apply. Once accepted, Upward Bound 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 can even earn money.
Students must meet one or both of the following criteria plus have the potential for post-secondary education: have a first-generation college status, meaning the parent(s) that the student lives with does not have a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college; and/or have a family with modest income. This varies according to household size and is based on taxable, not gross income.
For more information, contact the FSU Upward Bound office at 301-687-4994. You may also visit the Web site at http://www.frostburg.edu/clife/ubp for downloadable forms, or pick up an application at FSU in 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. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.