50+ years of Upward Bound
Regular Upward Bound
A Federal TRIO Program
50 Years
1964-2014

About

Upward Bound helps low-income high school students go from poverty to the middle class through higher education.

The origins of Upward Bound can be traced back to the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.

The experimental program was established as the country’s first federal program to prepare low-income students for college with the goal of helping high school students go from poverty to the middle class through higher education.

1999

EstD

3

Schools

63

Students

Nationwide, 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.

In 1965, being the charter TRIO initiative, 17 Upward Bound programs enrolled 2,061 participants. Since 1964 more than 2 million students have participated in Upward Bound. Today, 964 programs are funded with more than 80,000 students participating.

The Regular Upward Bound project out of UNL serves +63 students from these 3 Lincoln Public high schools: Lincoln High, North Star, and Northeast.

In the summer of 2014, this well-established program celebrated its 50th anniversary.