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Upward Bound

Program Mission:

The mission of Upward Bound is to provide supplemental academic instructions, cultural and social enrichment activities to high school students who meet federal eligibility criteria thereby increasing the rate at which they complete high school and enroll and graduate from college.

Services Provided:

Upward Bound is a federally funded grant program supported by Fort Valley State University. The program provides:

  • Supplemental academic classes on Saturdays and six-week summer residential session.
  • Tutorial services in target schools, designated locations in the communities and/or on FVSU campus.
  • Curricula to target acquisition of skills necessary for high school graduation.
  • Offer workshops, senior seminars, developmental training sessions; career and health fairs to enhance students’ academic and personal skills (i.e., computer instruction, college admission, financial aid, college survival, and career awareness workshops).
  • College tours, cultural trips and social activities.
  • Summer work-study positions within campus departments and community offices.

Who Is Eligible?

High School students who meet the income and/or first-generation requirements and live in Crawford, Macon, Peach and Taylor counties.

Students must have completed the 8th grade but have not yet completed the 11th grade; and, they must have a need for academic support in order to pursue a program of post-secondary education.

Selection and Application Process

Students are selected based on recommendations from teachers and counselors, thoughtfulness of personal statements, and staff observations from interviews.

In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications for admission into the program, Fort Valley State University Upward Bound wants students who are committed to education and the benefits associated with receiving higher education. Students must be dedicated to striving towards academic excellence in order to maintain an active status in the program, and students must have positive attitudes and open minds ready to be enriched by all that the program has to offer.

(No faxed applications will be accepted)

Students: Choose your Science, Math or English Teacher to complete a Recommendation form and have your Middle School Counselor (current 8th graders) or High School Counselor (current 9th graders) to complete the Counselor’s Recommendation form:

  • The Vision

    Fort Valley State University Upward Bound will serve as a channel in helping students excel in all facets of life. Upward Bound's vision is to produce students who will impact their families and communities as a result of their participation in educational, social, and cultural services offered by the program.

    The Mission

    The purpose of Fort Valley State University Upward Bound is to motivate and prepare those students who are socially and economically underrepresented in higher education due to their families' educational background and other federal or institutional criteria to enter and complete postsecondary education.

    Program Goals

    The goals of Fort Valley State University Upward Bound are to:

    • Empower socially and economically challenged students to successfully graduate from high school
    • Aid students and families in the college admissions process
    • Motivate students to enroll in and graduate from an institute of postsecondary education
    • Enrich students' lives academically, socially, and culturally
  • Upward Bound offers an Academic Year component in which students receive supplemental instruction in academic, cultural, and social areas, as well as a Summer Residential component - an intensive six-week instructional program requiring students to live on campus during the summer. All services are provided through a federally funded grant and are free to the participant.

    Academic Year Component

    Students receive numerous services that enhance their social and academic development, including:

    • Instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, foreign language and other subjects necessary for success in high school
    • Academic, financial, and personal counseling
    • Exposure to cultural events
    • Mentoring
    • Tutoring
    • Assistance with postsecondary opportunities.

    Summer Residential Component

    Participation in the Summer Residential component is by invitation only. During this component, students receive the services offered during the Academic Year in addition to:

    • Career work-study and exploration
    • Dorm-living on the campus of Fort Valley State University for up to six weeks
  • To be eligible to participate in Fort Valley University Upward Bound, students must:

    • have completed the 8th grade
    • have not yet completed the 10th grade
    • have a need for academic support in order to pursue a program of postsecondary education
    • be either from low-income families and/or be potential first-generation college students

    Students are selected based on recommendations from teachers and counselors, thoughtfulness of personal statements, and staff observations from interviews.

    In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications for admission into the program, Fort Valley State University Upward Bound wants students who are committed to education and the benefits associated with receiving higher education. Students must be dedicated to striving towards academic excellence in order to maintain an active status in the program, and students must have positive attitudes and open minds ready to be enriched by all that the program offers.

    Are you that student?

    2011-2012 Upward Bound Application and Check-list

    (no faxed applications will be accepted)

    Students: Choose either your Science, Math or English Teacher to complete a Recommendation form or have your Middle School Counselor (current 8th graders) or High School Counselor (current 9th graders) to complete the Recommendation form:

    Teacher/Counselor Recommendation form

    Tips for a COMPLETED UB APPLICATION:

    1. Make sure your application is legible and contact information is correct
    2. Complete the Teacher/Counselor recommendations before school release for the summer
    3. Save your last report card (copies will be needed)
    4. Save your CRCT test scores (copies will be needed)
    5. Make sure page seven of the application is notarized
    6. Make sure to include your parent/guardian most recent federal tax form, (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, and/or verification from a governmental source if applicable (food stamps, Social Security benefits, unemployment, etc)
  • Upward Bound

    Fort Valley State University

    1005 University Drive
    Bywaters Building-Room 111
    Fort Valley, GA 31030

    Phone (478) 825-6963 or 1-800-993-6788

    Fax (478) 825-6131

    Office Hours

    8:00AM - 5:00PM Monday - Friday

  • LaVasa Parks

    Interim Director
    E-mail parksl@fvsu.edu

    Perdeeta Stembridge

    Office Manager
    E-mail stembrip@fvsu.edu

image descriptionAdmission Deadlines:

Fall Semester- June 15
Spring Semester - November 1
Summer Semester - April 1


Questions? Call (478) 825-6520

 
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