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Upward Bound

Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a federally funded program whose goal is to motivate and provide academic assistance to eligible high school students who show promise for success in education beyond high school.

Located on the campus of Old Dominion University, the Upward Bound Program has two phases, a summer residential phase and an academic year phase. During the summer, students reside on campus for six weeks and receive intensive classroom instructions to prepare them for the upcoming school year. During the academic year phase, students attend sessions on Saturdays and receive individualized tutorial instructions designed to enrich their performance in high school classes.

The program is offered to ninth through twelfth grade students who reside in Norfolk and Portsmouth. Selected students shall show potential for success in a two or four-year college, but because of inadequate educational preparation, admission to such an institute would be difficult without the benefit of Upward Bound.

The faculty consists of local high school teachers and Old Dominion University's faculty, who also provide workshops and seminars. Old Dominion students work as tutor-counselors for the program. They assist the instructors in the classroom and communicate with the Upward Bound students on a more personal basis.

Services Provided

Academic Services

Academic services provided by the program include classroom instructions and tutorial assistance in English, reading, mathematics, science and laboratory science, foreign language, social studies and elective classes.

College Tours & Cultural Enrichment

Field trips are provided to increase students' awareness of their environment and college admissions' requirements.


Transportation to and from College Tours, special activities, and Cultural Enrichment activities is provided for participants by the Upward Bound Program.

Guidance & Counseling Services

These are provided to assist students in making educational and career decisions.


Stipends are given for program participation each Saturday during the academic year. A weekly stipend is also given during the summer residential component. In order to receive the stipend, the participant must show evidence of satisfactory participation in program activities to include: regular attendance and improve academic performance.

Eligible Project Participants Must:

  • meet the income eligibility criterion established by Federal Guidelines
  • be a potential first-generation college student (neither of whose parent(s) received a baccalaureate degree)
  • be enrolled in the ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade in one of the target area high schools for initial acceptance
  • be a citizen or national of the United States
  • be at least 13 but not older than 19 of age at the time of acceptance
  • reside in Norfolk or Portsmouth
  • have a need for academic support in order to successfully pursue a program of study in education beyond high school

Source of Funding

Federal TRIO Upward Bound Program is funded by the Federal Government through the U. S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20202.