Upward Bound, one of eight TRIO Programs funded by the US Department of Education, is a free college preparatory program for qualifying students. 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. Through Upward Bound, students develop the skills and motivation necessary to ensure their high school graduation, college enrollment and success in pursuing a higher education. 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 provides a collegiate environment whereby selected students participate in enrichment courses and activities to prepare them for college. The Upward Bound program has been effectively working with 50 students in Southside and Elmira Free Academy High Schools in Elmira, New York and Groton High School since 2007. In June of 2012, Cornell’s Upward Bound program was successfully refunded to serve 63 students for 5 years and was expanded to include Newfield & Spencer – Van Etten School districts.
Read the interview with Upward Bound Director, Jen Rudolph in "What's Good Ithaca"