Federal Upward Bound Programs

Federal Program: Upward Bound is a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This program is free and provides support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides low-income, first generation participants the skills and motivation necessary to complete their secondary education and to enter and succeed at a post-secondary institution. This is accomplished by providing the following services to 9th -12th grade students at target schools: personal and career counseling; academic advising; tutoring; exposure to cultural events; academic programs and other educational activities not usually available to disadvantaged youth; college campus visits; activites designed to acquaint youth with a range of career options; mentoring; and a six-week academic summer componet. UWMC, Continuing Education subcontracts with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to provide the summer session. The program is available only to students in grades 9-11 in two target school districts which include Wausau and DC Everest.

Eligibility: Students who enroll in the Upward Bound program must be first-generation college students or meet income eligibility guidelines.

  • Students must have interest and desire to attend college.
  • Students must be willing to fully participate in Upward Bound in the summer and during the school year.
  • Upward Bound gives preference to students who are willing to remain in the program through graduation from high school.
  • Upward Bound encourages diversity and invites applications from eligible students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Target Schools for Upward Bound: 

  1. Wausau East and West High School
  2. DC Everest Junior and Senior High

Checkout the webpages made by Upward Bound Participants, click on the links below:

2004 UB Program 2005 UB Program 2006 UB Program 2007 UB Program 2008 UB Program
2009 UB Program 2010 UB Program 2011 UB Program 2012 UB Program 2013 UB Program


DPI-WEOP Student Application:

WEOP has seven statewide offices: Ashland, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, and Wausau

For questions about this information, contact Sharon Hunter 715-842-0872