TRiO Upward Bound
US Citizen/Permanent Resident
Low Income/Potential First Generation College Student
High Risk need for Academic support
9th – 12th Grade student at Mainland Highschool, ages 13 – 19
Who is eligible for this program?
Our students must be from first-generation and/or low-income families. Students must also attend Mainland High School.
How do I apply, what do I need?
Access to our paper application can be found by visiting your school counselor, or our website (coming soon). Completion of each page is mandatory and should be returned to your school counselor when complete. After review of the application, an interview will be conducted to see that your student and Upward Bound are a right fit.
How much does it cost to have my student in this program?
There is no cost for your student to be in the Upward Bound program. We are funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Are you recruiting students to attend Daytona State College?
No. We are educating students in the college-going process.
Do you take students on college tours?
Yes, our goal is to take students on two-three college tours each school year.
What are the requirements to continue in this program?
We have guidelines that must be met due to the federal funding we receive. We expect our students to maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher, be between the ages of 13-19, and maintain an active level of engagement throughout their time in the program.
Does this program provide any scholarships?
No, we teach the skills and resources to find your scholarships on your own.
Does the student have to reapply each year?
No, once you are in our program, we hope you are there until graduation. We do ask though that you keep us updated with any changes in address, emails and phone numbers.
How long does my student stay in the program?
You child will remain an active participant in our program until high school graduation; unless they are dismissed from our program for attendance, academic or behavior reasons. We begin recruiting as young as those entering the 9th grade.
What happens if I move to another school?
Your child can continue to be a part of the Upward Bound program if they continue to meet all of the attendance and academic requirements.
What are Saturday Sessions?
Twice a month (From September to May) students will participate in a full day (9:00am-3:00pm) academic sessions divided into one-hour classes with highly qualified Teachers and Tutors. Each class with be a different subject (Math, English, Science, Foreign Language, ACT/SAT Prep) and the students will have the opportunity to receive additional assistance in the school work from their high schools. Lunch will be provided at no cost. Saturday Sessions may also include workshops, small group sessions, enrichment activities, and/or field trips/campus tours.
What happens during the Summer Academy?
40 students will complete a six-week academic program. Students are placed in classes and provided with daily rigorous curriculum, college-prep workshops, social/cultural enrichment activities, and team building. Students will also participate in a residential component at the main DSC Campus Residence Hall, in Daytona Beach. These students will be led by two Residential Advisors. Students participate in clubs, evening tutoring, evening activities, and field trips.
Does my child need to stay for the Residential part during the Summer Academy?
Yes, it is required that every student participate in both the Academic and Residential components throughout the 6-week summer program. Special circumstances need to be addressed to the Upward Bound Staff before the Summer Academy begins in early June.
If you have any further questions, please call our office at (386) 506-3635.
Office Hours for Students: Make an appointment with our Upward Bound staff to discuss questions, concerns, academic services, or review topics discussed during Upward Bound workshops. Complete all necessary fields in the request form in order for Upward Bound staff to coordinate an appointment with you.