Become Part of the Upward Bound Tradition

General information sessions are scheduled in each target high school at the start of the annual recruiting drive in the fall. Interested students should attend to learn more about the Upward Bound Program.

Applications may be obtained from the guidance staff in the target high schools or you may call the Upward Bound office. There are two parts to the application (student and parent), along with other required information that must be submitted by the deadline. A checklist will be provided to assist students and families through the entire application process.

The program now has the financial support to enroll 150 participants each year. Once accepted, students who meet all program responsibilities are continued in Upward Bound throughout high school. Therefore, admission to Upward Bound is limited and competitive. Each year, approximately seventy students are admitted.

Informational meetings will be held in the high schools in October and November.  The deadline will be in December.

Upward Bound Program Brochure

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Upward Bound is now accepting applications for admission to the program. Students who attend one of the targeted high schools and are in grades 9, 10, or 11 may be eligible to apply. All eligibility criteria are included in the brochure.

Application deadline is Wednesday, November 30.

Admission Criteria

To be considered for Upward Bound, an applicant must be:

  • A citizen of the United States or a permanent resident
  • An individual neither of whose parents (natural or adoptive) do not have a four-year college degree and/or
  • From a family that meets low-income requirements set by the federal government
  • In the ninth, tenth or eleventh grade at one of the following target high schools

Target High Schools

In Central Falls: Central Falls High School
In East Providence: East Providence High School
In Pawtucket: Shea High School
In Providence: Central High School
Hope High School
Mount Pleasant High School

  • In need of Upward Bound's services to achieve academic success in high school and meet the requirements of the Rhode Island high school diploma system
  • Interested in enrolling in a college or university upon graduating from high school
  • Not older than nineteen at the time of selection for the program

In addition to the above criteria, students not born in the United States will be given consideration if they have completed at least two full years of an English-as-a-second language (ESL) program in the high school.

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Page last updated: Wednesday, October 26, 2016