Upward Bound (TRiO)

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  • Upward Bound is a federally funded TRiO program  that serves high school students from as early as 9th grade and assists them through their transition to college. One of the program's main objectives is to stimulate students interest in completing a Bachelors degree. We create a college atmosphere for our students, by making the program educational, innovative and fun. Participation in field trips, cultural activities, and an annual banquet also add to the available opportunities.

    TRiO Upward Bound, headquartered at Prince George's Community College, offers academic instruction; tutoring, and guidance to high school students from (3) three Prince George's County High Schools.

    The Upward Bound Program consists of two components: 

    1. The academic year sessions provide students further academic instruction, tutoring and counseling as a follow-up to summer activities. Additional services are also available during this time.
    2. The six-week summer session provides students opportunities to live in University of Maryland residence halls and attend academic classes in the areas of mathematics, science, composition, reading, foreign languages and study skills.

    The program has an academic component from September through June, which includes tutorial sessions and biweekly Saturday instructional workshops. The summer session lasts six weeks and covers an intensive program for regular high school students.

    The summer curriculum covers Mathematics, Laboratory Science, English Composition and Literature, Computer Education, Foreign Language, and extracurricular activities that range from sports to study skills. All activities and academics are designed to assist with college survival skills. Successful completer's of the Upward Bound program will be afforded the opportunity to enroll in the Summer Bridge Component, which serves program graduates by offering enrollment in three to six college transferable credits during the summer after high school graduation.

    Who Can Join The Upward Bound Program?

    • High School Students (grades 9 or 10)
    • Students whose family income meets guidelines established by the US Department of Education
    • First generation college bound students (parent or guardian has not earned a bachelor's degree)
    • Students who exhibit an interest and have a strong potential for a college education        


    • Attend one of the following target high schools:
      1. Central
      2. Fairmont
      3. Suitland

    How To Apply To Upward Bound

    Applicants may complete the preliminary application online or you may pick it up from your guidance counselor or the PGCC Upward Bound office. Please follow the instructions below:

    1. Applicants have the following options to complete the preliminary application:

    a. Type in the information through the online preliminary application, you must click the underlined and highlighted text, complete the form, save it, and attach the completed form to an email address to upward_bound@pgcc.edu. (Please include your students FULL NAME and the words "Preliminary Application" in the subject line). Please fill it out as completely as possible.

    b. Print the preliminary application, complete the form, and either mail or drop off to the TRiO Upward Bound office at 301 Largo Road, Marlboro Hall-Room 1082. (You may also scan the completed form and email it as an attachment to the upward_bound@pgcc.edu).

    2. Return your completed preliminary application with parent/guardian signature to your guidance office or to the Upward Bound office. Your guidance office should forward the completed preliminary application to the Upward Bound office. 

    3. Once we receive the preliminary application, we will then inform you of your eligibility status.