Our Upward Bound program is a partnership with Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia. It is a federally funded college academic enrichment program for first-generation students in grades nine through 12.

Housed at Smith-Cotton High School, the program is designed to motivate participants to develop the skills necessary to complete high school and successfully obtain a college degree.

Academic performance and college readiness are key aspects of the program. The average Upward Bound student scores 25 on the ACT, which is 15 percent above the statewide average. The program has visited 30 different colleges, giving students an on-campus experience at some of the major colleges throughout the Midwest. Program graduates are currently attending 17 colleges across the country, and 78 percent of all Upward Bound graduates have proceeded to postsecondary programs of study the fall semester after graduating from high school.

Upward Bound provides free services and resources to more than students. To qualify, you must meet one of three criteria: you must be a first-generation college student*, at risk for academic failure or meet an income guideline defined annually by the federal government.

Take a look at the services offered through Upward Bound, learn more about program qualifications, how to apply, browse the useful links and resources our Upward Bound staff have compiled, and learn what Upward Bound can do for you.

*To be consider first generation, the applicant can’t reside with a natural or adoptive parent who has a bachelor’s degree.

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