Upward Bound

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.Upward Bound was created by the Educational Opportunity Act of 1964 which was originally the War on Poverty statute.

Apply for the UB program at KC!


Important documents that also must be filled out and returned:

In addition to the UB Student Application above, the following forms must be filled out and returned. Please dowload the documents below before filling them out.  Fill them out and email them to upwardboundKC@gmail.com.

Upward Bound

Academic Components

Upward Bound is specifically designed to strengthen the academic skills of eligible high school students to excel academically and pursue postsecondary degrees after high school graduation. You can expect the following services for being an active participant throughout the year:

Academic Preparation for College:

  • College preparatory courses
  • Free after-school tutorials
  • Academic Enrichment Saturdays
  • Test-Preparation Seminars (STARR, PSAT, SAT, ACT, TSI)

Educational, Career, & Cultural Activities:

  • Academic Advising – high school course planning, grade reviews & study skills
  • College & career advising
  • College campus tours
  • Cultural enrichment activities (plays, museums, guest speakers, etc.)

College Admissions & Financial Aid Information:

  • PSAT, SAT/ACT & TSI: Information including registration materials and fee Waivers
  • Individual Assistance with College Admissions Applications
  • Individual Assistance with Scholarship & Financial Aid Applications
Summer Academic Program

During Upward Bound's six-week Summer Academic Program, students are provided instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature and foreign language.  Students also participate in cultural trips, community service activities and attend campus visits.

For information about Upward Bound:

Jude Dubois
Upward Bound
(903) 988-3760
Student Support Building (SSUPP), 214
Halen Dorsey
Project Advisor
Upward Bound
(903) 988-7427
Student Support Building (SSUPP)
Kathryn Parker
Project Advisor
Upward Bound
(903) 988-3765
Student Support Bldg. (SUPP)