Prospective Students

Upward Bound is a great program for students needing that extra push to do well in school and get into college.

On this page, you will find eligibility requirements and a program description. Most importantly, please use this application to get started on your way to being an Upward Bound participant.

Call 417-836-3117 if you have questions.

Participant eligibility

In order to become a participant in the TRIO Upward Bound Program, students must:

  • Meet income requirements and/or income guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Attend Central, Hillcrest, or Parkview high school within the Springfield Public Schools district.
  • Be a potential first-generation college student (neither parent the student lives with has a four-year college degree); in the 9th or 10th grade.
  • Demonstrate a desire and the ability to succeed in high school and graduate from an institution of post-secondary education.

Download the Upward Bound Application

Participant requirements

All Upward Bound participants are required to attend the following monthly activities:

  • Attend Saturday Academy programs, which is held once a month on a Saturday.
  • Attend tutoring sessions on a weekly basis.
  • Meet with Site Coordinators who are available at your school once a month.
  • Attend After School Meetings at your school twice a month.
  • A six-week, on-campus, summer enrichment program.
  • Attend the Bridge Program at MSU the summer following their high school graduation.

Other services and activities

Other services and activities for students include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Study skills and ACT Prep workshops.
  • Financial aid and scholarship information and applications.
  • Visits to college campuses.
  • Visits to area cultural attractions.
  • Earning up to 12 hours of college level courses through BRIDGE and MSU Sponsored Dual Enroll Classes.