Prepare for college
35-year history of serving San Antonio students
Upward Bound programs provide fundamental support to their participants in preparation for college. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege coursework in high school and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.
Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. 52% of our participants go on to receive bachelor's degrees, exceeding the national averages in that only 32.5% of adults over age 25 in the U.S. have a bachelor's degree.
Upward Bound was established with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 as an original War on Poverty initiative. It is one of seven TRIO Programs established to assist students in overcoming class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education.
For more information on Upward Bound history across the nation, visit the TRIO Programs' website.
The Trinity University Upward Bound program does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender or disability in its selection of participants. (Department of Education's General Education Provision - GEPA Section 427).
Examples of Excelencia
Trinity's Upward Bound program was recognized as a 2018 Examples of Excelencia finalist.
10x more likely to receive a Bachelors
Trinity Upward Bound graduates are ten times more likely to have a bachelor's degree than adults over the age of 25 living within their community.
Program Cost: $0
All Upward Bound services are free of charge to participants through funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
Get prepared for College
The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which their participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
Participants must meet the following criteria:
Low income based
Qualify as low income according to federal guidelines or potential first-generation college students with neither parent having earned a four year bachelor's degree.
Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
Enrolled in a San Antonio High School
Be an student at Harlandale, McCollum, Memorial, or Kennedy High Schools.
Demonstrate academic need for program services.
Committed to excellence
Have the willingness and ability to make the time commitment to participate fully in all that Upward Bound offers from the time of acceptance through high school graduation.
How to Apply
- Complete Application Packet (PDF) which includes:
- Two Teacher Recommendations:
You need to get one recommendation from two of the following: Math, English, Social Studies and Science. Teachers completing the recommendations can be this year's or from a previous year
- Attach a copy of your parents' most recently filed income tax form (1040A, 1040EZ, 1040)
- Return Application Packet (application and income tax information) to the Upward Bound Adviser at your school.
- Interviews will be scheduled upon receipt of application packet if it is complete and student qualifies for the Program. All students will be notified of their status regardless.