Students Helping Students

Upward Bound

We Are:

A federally funded TRIO Program sponsored by the US Department of Education.
Established at North Carolina A&T State University in 1966.

Upward Bound Dance Class
One of six courses held across the North Carolina A&T campus.

Our Purpose:

To generate in participants the skills and motivation necessary to succeed in postsecondary education.

Our Goal:

Participants will graduate high school, enroll in college, and graduate from a postsecondary institution.

Who We Serve:

  • High school students from low-wealth families and families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.
  • High school students who are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education.
  • High school students who have limited English proficiency or disabilities.
  • High School students who are homeless, in foster care, or are disconnected youth.

Our Program Components:

  • Six-week summer residential program
  • Nine-month academic year program
  • Five-week summer Bridge program (for approved graduates)
"It has taught me accountability."
- Isaiah Bigelow, Class of 2018



Our Services and Activities Include:

  • Instruction in Mathematics, Sciences, Composition, Literature, and Foreign Language
  • Tutoring and Academic Advisement
  • Cultural Enrichment Activities
  • Work-Study Program
  • Financial Literacy Education
  • College Exploration and Tours
  • Service Learning Opportunities
  • Career Exploration
  • College, Financial Aid, and Scholarship Application Assistance

Upward Bound student

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for Upward Bound, applicants must:
  • Meet family, economic, and parent education status criteria
  • Attend one of the target high schools: T. Wingate Andrews, James B. Dudley or Ben L. Smith
  • Be a rising 9th through 12th-grade student
  • Show an academic need for program services

Summer Food Service Program

Upward Bound receives funding support from the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)'s summer food service program to provide our residential summer program participants healthy, nutritious meals each day.  This partnership enables Upward Bound to provide participants academic and cultural enrichment while developing healthy eating habits.  The summer food service program helps to provide breakfast and lunch meals Monday through Friday. 

NCATSU Upward Bound has requested a waiver from the US Department of Agriculture pertaining to services provided by NCATSU Upward Bound in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Statutory and regulatory provisions [Section 13(f)(7) of the NSLA, 42 USC 1761(f)(7), and 7 CFR 225.16(f)(1)(ii)] authorize the Offer Versus Serve (OVS) option only for school food authority (SFA) sponsors in the SFSP. As a non-SFA sponsor, NCATSU Upward Bound expects this policy to result in a tremendous amount of wasted food and resources, inhibiting the quality of food service provided. The goal of the waiver request is to authorize NCATSU UPWARD BOUND to operate under OVS option.