How do I join the Upward Bound program?

How do I join the Upward Bound program?

TRIO Upward Bound Eligibility

Upward Bound (UB) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to serve 92 students per year from the program's eight target high schools. Spaces available at each school may be capped to ensure a fair distribution of students among schools.

To be considered for admission into Upward Bound, students must:

- be committed to attending a college or university immediately after high school
- meet income guidelines and/or be a potential first-generation college student (meaning no parents/guardians have a bachelor's degree or higher)
- complete the application package and, if selected, participate in an interview with an Upward Bound staff member
- be willing and able to participate in program activities (excuses can be arranged when UB conflicts with other school activities)
- be in 9th or 10th grade at one of our target schools at the time of application:

  • Berwick
  • Mahanoy
  • Milton
  • Mount Carmel
  • North Schuylkill
  • Pottsville
  • Shamokin
  • Shikellamy
  • * NOTE: Students first enroll in Upward Bound during 9th or 10th grade but continue to participate until they graduate from high school.

    For more information or to obtain an application:

    Please call us at 570-389-4280, email us at, or contact any of the individuals listed below.


    Federal TRIO Programs (U.S. Department of Education): The Federal TRIO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO, which started with three original programs, has expanded to include six outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

    COE: The Council for Opportunity in Education, or COE, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the expansion of educational opportunities, specifically the federally-funded TRIO programs, throughout the United States. Through its numerous membership services, the Council works closely with colleges, universities, and agencies that host TRIO Programs to help low-income Americans to enter college and graduate.

    MEAEOPP: The Mid-Eastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, or MEAEOPP, is a regional association of educational opportunity program personnel from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

    PA TRIO: The Pennsylvania Association of TRIO Programs, or PA TRIO, is a professional association for employees of TRIO programs throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The association offers scholarships and opportunities for alumni and friends of all TRIO programs to become involved in legislative outreach.

    TRIO Student Support Services at Bloomsburg University provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and help students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next.