Upward Bound

Upward Bound gives young people the opportunity to succeed in high school and prepare for college.

It has been at Wilkes University since 1967.

Federal TRIO Programs such as Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math Science, Veteran's Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program help students to overcome class, social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education.

How We Help Students

The programs help students choose a college and complete applications; tutor; help with financial, and career counseling; provide workplace and college visits; give special instruction in reading, writing, study skills and mathematics; help applying for financial aid; and giving academic assistance in high school or college situations.

To be eligible for acceptance into Upward Bound, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Show academic promise and enthusiasm toward learning.
  • Be in the 10th grade in high school.
  • Live in Luzerne County.
  • Meet certain educational and economic criteria set by the US Department of Education.
The Academic year runs from September to May.

Students come to the Wilkes University campus one evening per week to attend two Academic classes and receive guidance and counseling services. Students are enrolled in classes;such as, mathematics, reading, history, composition, Spanish, and science. They also explore future career goals and begin to form college plans.

The course selected for each student is based on the academic schedule they have in their home school. In addition to weekly classes, Upward Bound has an ongoing tutoring program at no cost to the student. Most of the tutors are upper class students enrolled at Wilkes University. Current students in need of a tutor are asked to contact our Academic Coordinator. Tutoring takes place in Conyngham Hall on the first floor. Days are Monday through Thursday, and times are from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Information about Financial Aid

The links below are to sites outside of Wilkes University. They can help you find information about Financial Aid.

  • fafsa.ed.gov
    The Free Application for Student Aid website.
  • cssprofile.collegeboard.org
    Students required to complete the PROFILE by their college of choice can find the application and information about the form at this site. The PROFILE is a separate financial aid application required by some colleges/universities in addition to the Free Application for Student Aid to process a student’s financial aid package.
  • FAFSA4caster
    This federal program will help you get an early start on the financial aid process by providing you with an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid.