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The History of Upward Bound

Upward Bound is the oldest of a series of programs known as TRIO Programs, was created as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty”. Specific legislation for the program was initially authorized under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 and later moved to be included under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. This legislation which authorized the TRIO programs sought to provide educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance.

Upward Bound Mission 

To provide year-round, intensive academic and personal support to area high school students who are income eligible and potential first-generation college students, and who demonstrate a commitment to successfully completing high school and entering and completing a program of post-secondary education.  

So...What Is Upward Bound?

  • A competitive college preparation program for high school students.
  • A federally funded TRIO Program hosted by Fort Lewis College.
  • Free and voluntary to those who qualify.

Who Can Be In Upward Bound?

In order to qualify for the Fort Lewis College Upward Bound Program, students must be:

  • Enrolled in the 9th-12th grade at Montezuma-Cortez, Durango or Ignacio High School.
  • First Generation (neither parent has a four-year college degree) and/or income eligible. Preference is given to students who meet both criteria.
  • A U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Motivated and willing to accept challenges and desire to go on to college after high school

Once in the Program, UB Students Are Expected To:

  • Attend school regularly.
  • Maintain a 2.5 grade point average.
  • Attend all parent and student meetings.
  • Attend the six-week summer academy at Fort Lewis College