Eligibility and Application

Upward Bound seeks to support motivated high school students in grades 9 through 12 that qualify as low income on a federally established scale, and/or are the first in their family to successfully pursue a post-secondary education (neither parent has received a 4 year degree).

Additionally, eligible students must at the time of admission:

  1. Be at least 13 years old and have completed the 8th grade but not yet completed the 11th grade.
  2. Have the potential and desire for academic success in high school and college.
  3. Attend one of our 5 target schools: Groton HS, Newfield HS, Spencer–Van Etten HS, Elmira Free Academy, Southside HS.

Printed copies of this application can be found in your high school office, guidance office, or mailed to your home if requested via phone or email.

Upward Bound staff encourages all interested students to apply to the program. While two-thirds of our student scholars must qualify as both “low-income” and “first generation” the remaining third only have to qualify in one of the categories or be considered “academically at-risk.”

Students only have to qualify upon admission to the program. Should family income or educational circumstances change during a participant’s high school career, the participant can remain in the program until their graduation.

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt by the Upward Bound staff.  Applicants determined to be eligible and appropriate for the Upward Bound program will receive a letter requesting an interview.

Interviews are scheduled with a Upward Bound staff member, the student applicant and a parent/guardian, and last approximately one hour. Final decisions will be made once all interviews have concluded and all applicants will be notified by mail their status.

We appreciate your patience and encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns at any stage of your application process.