Upward Bound is a federally funded program that prepares students for success. It develops the academic and motivational potential of students in grades 9 through 12, and is free to all participants. Currently, Cameron's Upward Bound program serves 60 students drawn from Lawton and Geronimo Schools.
During the academic year Upward Bound students receive academic instruction, tutoring, and counseling during school, after school, and on Saturdays. The classes, tutoring, and counseling are tailored to the individual needs of each student. Throughout the year students go on educational, cultural, and career field trips.
The services provided are academic skill preparation, financial aid workshops, personal counseling, tutoring career planning, cultural enrichment, social skills development, college application assistance, and parent workshops/counseling.
During the summer, students live on Cameron University's campus for six weeks and have a chance to experience college life -academically and socially. Students take classes in reading, writing, math, science, and other electives. Academic, career, and personal counseling continues throughout the summer session.
To qualify for the program, applicants must be in the 9th to 11th grades, within the income guidelines established by the Federal Government, and be the first generation college students (neither parent has earned a degree from a four year college).
The success rate of Upward Bound is exceptional. Upward Bound students are four times more likely to earn a college degree than similar students who do not participate in the program. Upward Bound students do well in college because they are prepared.
For more information, contact the Upward Bound office at 581-5581