The Upward Bound Program of Frostburg State University is 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. This program is entirely funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is free to participants.
UB not only offers academic support and enrichment, but also offers an environment that helps foster personal growth and development. To accomplish this, Upward Bound was structured as a year-round program that offers 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 from grades eight through 11. High school seniors are not eligible to apply. Once accepted, Upward Bound students may participate until graduation from high school. Students can expect to receive assistance and to benefit in many 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.
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 before attending college.
For six weeks each summer, FSU’s UB program offers its students a simulated residential college experience on the FSU campus. Students live in residence halls, attend classes, participate in various activities and return home on the weekends.
Students must have the potential for post-secondary education, plus meet one or both of the following criteria: have a 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, and/or come from a family with a modest income. This varies according to household size and is based on taxable, not gross, income.
For more information or for an application, call the Upward Bound office at 301-687-4994, visit the website at www.frostburg.edu/clife/upb 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. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.