About Upward Bound

Upward Bound: New Opportunities, New Horizons

History of Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO Program. TRIO is a collection of eight educational opportunity programs funded by the United States Department of Education. The initial, four-year Upward Bound grant came to Missouri State University in September of 2003.

Our Mission

The purpose of the Missouri State University TRIO Upward Bound Program is to assist students in developing the skills and motivation necessary to complete secondary education and to enroll and successfully complete a program of post-secondary education.

The program is funded to serve 50 high school students from Central, Hillcrest and Parkview High Schools in the Springfield Public School District.

There are several other TRIO programs funded through the United States Department of Education. They include:

  • Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS) and Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) – programs similar to this UB program, except that the UBMS program focuses on Math and Science and the VUB is for Veterans.
  • Student Support Services (SSS) – a program that assists first-generation, low income and/or disabled students gain skills necessary to persist through college.
  • Talent Search – a program that provides college preparation information to students in grades 6-12.
  • Educational Opportunity Centers – a program that provides school re-entry assistance to students who have dropped out.
  • Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs Staff
  • McNair Scholars Program – a program providing assistance to college students planning to attend graduate school.

There is also a TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program at Missouri State University

You can find more information about the TRIO programs at the Council for Opportunity in Education or U.S. Department of Education websites, www.coenet.us and www.ed.gov, respectively.

This TRIO Upward Bound Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and in part, by Missouri State University.