Upward Bound


Upward Bound (UB) is one of seven federal TRIO programs funded by the Department of Education to increase college access among low –income and potential first-generation college students. The purpose of the UB Program at four year institutions specifically, as stated by the U. S. Department of Education, is to generate in target area program participants the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to subsequently enter and earn a postsecondary degree.



Upward Bound will serve Newport News Public School students at An Achievable Dream High School, Denbigh High School, Heritage High School, and Warwick High School. These four target schools were chosen because of their high need for intrusive academic interventions to help eligible low-income and potential first-generation college students complete high school.


The Hampton University UB program will provide a suite of ongoing intrusive interventions, to include:

  • Academic tutoring
  • Advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection
  • Preparation for successful completion of college entrance exams,
  • Dissemination of information on federal Pell grant awards, loan forgiveness, and scholarships
  • Assistance completing applications for federal student aid, as well as guidance with secondary school reentry

To further support advanced diploma completion and increase post-secondary enrollment, Upward Bound staff will develop a six week non-residential Summer Academy for ninth – twelfth graders with an emphasis on increasing student achievement. Freshmen and sophomores will be provided instruction in Math, Science, English, and World Language with course content based on State Assessments and PSAT objectives. Juniors and seniors will receive instruction in those same subjects with course content based on state assessments, SAT/ACT, AP, or Accuplacer test objectives.

As part of the Summer Component, academically eligible graduated participants will be afforded the opportunity to enroll in bridge courses for credit, to include College Algebra and Written Communication. To reduce their need to pay for remedial coureses as undergraduates, the remaining graduated participants will enroll in project sponsored non-credit bridge or remedial courses separate from the rest of the Summer Component participants.


Each program participant must meet all of the following basic eligibility requirements, to include residency, age, status, potential, and need. To meet the residency requirement, an applicant must be a citizen or national of the United States; or be a permanent resident of the United States; or be in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and provides evidence from the Immigration and Naturalization Service of his or her intent to become a permanent resident; or be a permanent resident of Guam, the Northern Mariana Island, or the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; or be a resident of the Freely Associated States-the Federates States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau.

To meet the status requirement, a participant must be a potential first-generation college student, a low-income individual, or an individual who has a high risk of academic failure; and have a need for academic support in order to successfully pursue a program of education beyond high school.

The age requirement stipulates that a participant must have completed the eighth grade and be at least 13 years old, but not more than 19 years old. A veteran, regardless of age, is eligible to participate if he/she satisfies the aforementioned eligibility requirements.


A total of 60 participants will be selected and served. The Upward Bound Director and Embedded High School Counselor will work closely with each target school’s administrative team and guidance staff to identify eligible program participants. Potential applicants will receive information about Hampton University’s Upward Bound program through other college access agencies and TRiO programs, to include the Virginia College Access Network, the Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, and TRiO Talent Search.

The Program Director will select participants who have a goal of entering postsecondary education and a demonstrated need for project services. Selection will be an ongoing process, and students will be admitted during the Fall and Spring semesters, with the Upward Bound Project utilizing a point system and a wait-list to ensure that two-thirds of all selected participants are low-income AND potential first-generation college students. The remaining participants will be low-income, potential first-generation college students, or individuals who have a high risk for academic failure.

UB staff will require that both eligible and screened applicants and their parents participate in student/parent interviews and will utilize a verification of eligibility and selection form to document each participant’s eligibility. All new participants will be placed on a 60-day probationary period to gauge their attendance and participation, and parents will be required to attend Parent Workshops held throughout the semester. Applicants will become new participants only after successful completion of the probationary period and a successful interview with the Program Director. Continued parental participation is required for students to remain in the project.

Hampton University and Newport News Public Schools will ensure that appropriate measures are taken to accommodate and recruit all individuals, regardless of race, gender, national origin, color, disability, or age.

Upward Bound

Contact Upward Bound

Hampton University
Upward Bound Program

2nd Floor, Academy Building

(757) 727-5307




Candice Artis,
Program Director
Candice Artis

Tamera Crosby,
Embedded High School Counselor Email:
Tamera Crosby

Arsenia Clark,
Administrative Assistant Email:
Arsenia Clark

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