About Us

TRiO Upward Bound


What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is a federally funded program. It assists high school students who will be the first generation in their family to graduate with a post-secondary degree. Upward Bound is a scholarship program which gives a monthly stipend to students that display satisfactory participation in program activities and guidelines. Academic advisors provide vocational and academic counseling as well as guidance activities which assist students in developing a variety of skills. Enrichment activities are provided regularly and are designed to provide cultural, educational, academic, and service opportunities.

The two main objectives of Upward Bound are to assist students in creating a vision of their future and to help make the transition into college easier. Upward Bound hopes to make higher education a reality for everyone who wants to secure a better future for themselves and their families.

Summer Academic Programs

Upward Bound students who have demonstrated commitment and hard work during the academic year will be selected to attend the summer academic program held every June. Summer participation helps the student become more familiar with college life by living on campus and attending classes at the college. The attending students can earn up to 7 college credits. The last week of the program is set aside for an academic expedition.

How to Qualify

  • Demonstrate Academic Potential
  • Desire to Further Your Education
  • Be a First Generation College Graduate (parents have not obtained a four year degree)
  • Meet Federal Qualifying Conditions (meet federal guidelines for low income status)
  • Attend a Target High School
  • Commit to Attend a Six Week Summer Academic Camp

*To see if you qualify contact a TRiO advisor in your school or call 801-863-8570

Services Provided

  • Career Shadowing
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
  • Career Guidance
  • Campus Visits
  • Cultural Activities
  • Academic Counseling
  • Monthly Scholarships
  • College Application Assistance
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Interest/Aptitude Testing
  • Summer Academic Program
  • Summer Academic Expedition
  • ACT Prep Workshops

Transition to College

Upward Bound is designed to aid the college transition process by:

  • PROVIDING the opportunity for every student to visit various college and universities
  • ASSISTING the student in filing for financial aid
  • HELPING with the college application process
  • PROVIDING assistance with class registration
  • SUPPORTING the student with college entry and encouraging continual success

TRIO College Prep Programs Director
Michael Campbell, JD (801) 863-8569

Upward Bound Coordinator
Alex Atwood  (801) 863-8570

Administrative Assistant
Kasha Famer (801) 863-7414

Program Locations

Shandi Erickson, Orem High School
175 South 400 East, Orem, UT 84097
(801) 863-8718, Shandi.Erickson@uvu.edu

Shandi Erickson, UCASS
940 West 800 South Orem, Utah 84058
(801) 863-8718, Shandi.Erickson@uvu.edu

Shandi Erickson, Provo High School
1125 N University Ave., Provo, UT 84601
(801) 863-8718, Shandi.Erickson@uvu.edu

Camille Rhees - Wasatch High School
930 South 500 East, Heber City, UT 84032
(435) 654-0640 ext. 3720, camille.rhees@uvu.edu

Amber Padigimus - Union High School
135 North Union, Roosevelt, UT 84066
(435) 630-4097, apadigimus@uvu.edu

Amber  Padigimus - Uintah High School
1880 West 500 North, Vernal, UT 84078
(435) 630-4097, apadigimus@uvu.edu

Catch the College Dream

Upward Bound is a federally funded program. It assists high school students who will be the first generation in their family to graduate with a post-secondary degree.

TRIO College Prep Programs Mission Statement

The mission of the TRIO programs is to advance the idea of equal educational opportunities in postsecondary education. It is to assure that the least advantaged segments of the American population have a realistic chance to enter and graduate from a postsecondary institution.

Our purpose here at UVU is to empower youth who have academic potential, but who lack adequate information or school preparation to enter and continue in postsecondary education. Through the TRIO (Educational Talent Search/Upward Bound) developmental curriculum and guidance processes, students are expected to improve their academic skills, social skills, and motivation to pursue and complete their postsecondary options.

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