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Upward Bound Programs (Fayette & Greene)

Upward Bound logoWhat is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO program designed to help prepare eligible high school students for success in postsecondary education.  California University of Pennsylvania hosts two Upward Bound programs: Upward Bound (Fayette) and Upward Bound (Greene).  The oldest, which serves select Fayette County schools (Albert Gallatin, Brownsville, Connellsville, Laurel Highlands, and Uniontown), serves up to 93 students per year while the younger one, which serves select Greene County schools (Carmichaels, Jefferson-Morgan, Waynesburg Central, and West Greene), serves up to 63 students each year.  The program is active year round and offers Saturday, after school, and summer activities. 

Who is Eligible?

Students might be eligible for Upward Bound if:

  • They attend one of the program's target high schools (Albert Gallatin, Brownsville, Connellsville, Laurel Highlands, and Uniontown in Fayette County or Carmichaels, Jefferson-Morgan, Waynesburg Central, and West Greene in Greene County);

AND

  • Neither parent/guardian has earned a bachelor's (four-year) degree;

AND / OR

Students can apply for admission beginning in the spring of their 8th grade year and participate in the program until graduation from high school.

Eligibility criteria for Upward Bound is established by the United States Department of Education.

What Does the Program Offer?

  • Academic and career guidance
  • Visits to several college campuses and the National College Fair in Pittsburgh
  • Exposure to different careers and majors
  • Tutoring and study skills help
  • College application help and fee waivers
  • Financial aid application help and scholarship searches
  • SAT preparation, registration assistance, and fee waivers
  • Family workshops on college planning and financial aid
  • Field trips to museums, college fairs, historical sites, and other educational destinations
  • Cultural, social, and recreational opportunities
  • Preparation for the PSSA and Keystone Exams

What is Expected of Students?

Students are expected to actively attend and participate in program activities, to challenge themselves at their high schools by enrolling (and achieving good grades in) a challenging college preparatory curriculum, to earn good grades, to take the SAT and/or ACT their junior and senior years, and to apply for admission to at least four colleges and universities during their senior year.  Students wishing to join Upward Bound should be fully committed to the goal of enrolling in college immediately after high school. 

How Does Someone Join?

Students who are interested in Upward Bound can call 724-938-4470 (Fayette) or 724-938-1691 (Greene), email upwardbound@calu.edu, or stop by their school's guidance office to request an application packet. 

Upward Bound Staff Contact Information:

General Contact Information:

Upward Bound's offices are located in Suite 430 of Manderino Library on the California University campus.  Here is the mailing address:

Upward Bound
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 76, 250 University Avenue
California, PA  15419-1394
724-938-4470 (Fayette County)
724-938-1691 (Greene County)
724-938-5738 - Fax
upwardbound@calu.edu
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ACADEMIC YEAR TUTORS NEEDED

Upward Bound is currently accepting applications for academic year tutors for 2015-2016.  Preference will be given to applications submitted by September 11.

Tutor Application

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mark your calendar!  Here are the tentative dates of the 2015-2016 Saturday Sessions at Cal U:

  • October 31, 2015
  • December 5, 2015
  • February 20, 2016
  • April 16, 2016 

National College Fair Trip: Thursday, February 4, 2016

Pre-Summer Orientation:  March 19, 2016 (For those who have never attended a Summer Academy but hope to attend in 2016 - Reguiar bus transportation will NOT be provided.)

2016 Summer Academy: June 6 to July 7 (bridge); June 12 to July 14 (all others) - Note: These dates are tentative and subject to change.

NEWS & FORMS

Beginning of Year Mailing (Cover Letter)

Senior Saturday (9/19/15) Information

Upcoming Events (2015-2016)

Academic Year Update Form

Student Agreement Form

Summer 2015 Newsletter

ACT Information for 2015-2016

SAT Information for 2015-2016

TEXT & EMAIL ALERTS

Sign up for important text and/or email alerts from Upward Bound - by school - using the directions below:

Albert Gallatin

Brownsville

Carmichaels

Connellsville

Jefferson Morgan

Laurel Highlands

Uniontown

Waynesburg Central

West Greene

SOCIAL MEDIA

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Click here for a link to our Facebook group (listed as Cal U Upward Bound).

Click here for a link to our YouTube page (listed as Cal U Upward Bound).

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ONLINE TUTORING AND HELP

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