About Upward Bound


Upward Bound is a pre-college, year round program designed to motivate and provide high school students with skills to successfully pursue post-secondary education. Upward Bound provides assistance to students who have the desire and determination to strive toward higher goals in education, yet may not have financial and educational resources to do so.


High school students entering grades 9-11 who show academic potential, will be first-generation college students (neither parent has a bachelor's degree) and meet the family income level for the program.

When? Where?

The program consists of two parts: a six-week residential summer program and school year activities.

The summer program activities include:

  • Instruction in science, math, English, computers and a second language
  • Writing and study skills
  • Field trips
  • An experience at an outdoor environmental center

School year activities include:

  • Tutoring sessions
  • Field trips
  • Monthly Saturday workshops on study skills, computers, critical thinking, cultural experiences and college visits.


The Upward Bound program is free of charge. Costs (including dormitory housing for the summer program, transportation, meals, field trips) are paid for by a U.S. Department of Education grant awarded to Itasca Community College. Students receive stipends of $15/week during the summer program and $40/month during the school year for participating.


For more information on how to get involved with Upward Bound, contact your School Counselor, Indian Education Director or the Upward Bound Office.

Contact Information

  • Upward Bound Program
  • 218-322-2460