Upward Bound 2021-2022 Program Application
WHAT IS UPWARD BOUND?
Upward Bound is a college preparatory program based at Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) and funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program serves Burke High School students in grades 9-12. Our goal is to assist eligible low-income and potential first-generation students to successfully complete high school and gain access to four year colleges and universities. We provide comprehensive assistance and programming to help our students get accepted to college and be academically, socially, and emotionally prepared to then succeed in college.
Students commit to the program from the time they are recruited (usually 9th or 10th grade) until high school graduation. During their time in the program students participate our two main programmatic components: the academic year and six week Summer Academy. Upward Bound offers supplemental instruction and support in English, math, science, foreign language, and ACT test prep. Upward Bound also offers a variety of other programming including college visits, one-on-one mentoring and coaching, financial aid assistance, financial literacy, course advising, and access to cultural events among other activities.
WHAT COMMITMENTS MUST STUDENTS MAKE?
Students are required to actively participate in both the academic year and summer components of the Upward Bound program. Students will also need to agree to follow a “college track” or rigorous high school curriculum. This requires students to take a math, science, and English class each year until graduation as well as at least two consecutive years of a foreign language.
Academic Year (September through May)
During the academic year students will be required to attend the following programming:
• 10 hours of afterschool tutoring per month at Teen Center
• Monthly college prep seminar
• Monthly meeting with a teacher mentor students select from Burke/Teen Center
• ACT prep classes (depending on grade level)
• Quarterly Saturday Colleges at NMC (October, December, February, and April)
• Monthly one-on-one meetings with Upward Bound staff to assess student goal progress
• Attend or complete any other required academic or college preparatory work as required by the student’s individualized goal plan with Upward Bound staff. This includes college-readiness homework submitted on the Schoology platform.
Additionally, students may optionally attend group college visits, symposiums, and other field trip events that
Upward Bound organizes each semester.
Summer Academy (June and July)
The Summer Academy is an academically intensive six-week program that is held on campus at Nebraska
Methodist College. During the morning session, students will attend core classes in math, laboratory science,
English/comp, and foreign language, in order to prepare themselves academically for the fall semester.
The afternoon session is comprised of elective courses ranging from art, design, community service, career
exploration, financial literacy, STEM exposure and more. Transportation is provided daily to and from NMC
during the six week period. Students who complete the Summer Academy in good standing are eligible to
attend the end-of-summer trip to an out-of-state location.
DOES UPWARD BOUND COST ANYTHING TO JOIN?
Upward Bound is FREE. All services and programming are offered to all program participants free of charge.
Additionally, students may earn up to $40 per month for full participation in the program during the school year and up to $180 for full participation during Summer Academy.
WHAT MAKES STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR UPWARD BOUND?
1. Must have a strong desire to attend a four-year college or university and a willingness to overcome every
obstacle they will face to reach that goal;
2. Meet federal income guidelines based on family’s “taxable income” (Line 40 on the IRS 1040, line 6 on the
1040EZ, or line 27 on the 1040A form) OR be a potential “first-generation” student. A first-generation student
is one whose parents or legal guardians, with whom the student currently lives, have not earned a four-year
Current "taxable income", low-income guidelines for program eligibility as of January 13, 2021:
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3. Must be a citizen, permanent resident, or person with demonstrable intent to obtain permanent residence in the United States;
4. Must be a Burke high school student in grades 9-11.
5. May be an individual who is at high risk of academic failure or who has a need for academic support in order to successfully purse postsecondary education
HOW DO STUDENTS APPLY?
If students are willing to make the commitments necessary to be a member of Upward Bound and will do everything necessary to reach their goal of enrolling in college, they should complete this application. Follow the instructions carefully and call the Upward Bound cell phone at 402-708-7117 if there are any questions or concerns.
UPWARD BOUND VISION STATEMENT
Our vision is that every student is able to achieve their full potential and enter college with the academic, social, and emotional skills necessary to graduate in four years with a bachelor’s degree.
In accordance with the values of Nebraska Methodist College, we strive to create a culture of caring, excellence, holism, learning, and respect in all programming and services offered. We expect that students will demonstrate these values in their interactions with their peers, staff and teachers, and the wider community.
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