Upward Bound

Upward Bound at Polk State College strives to prepare its participants for college and professional success.  We help our participants recognize and tap into their inner talents and strengths to develop resiliency and persistence, regardless of life’s challenges.Small_UB_Logo

Polk State College is an active partner to our community of over 22,000 high school students.  It is a responsibility that we nurture by creating an environment that encourages all students, as well as faculty and staff in the pursuit of academic excellence.

The Upward Bound project of Polk State College is designed to prepare students in grades 9 through 12 for success in post-secondary education.  Upward Bound accomplishes this goal by assisting seven schools (Auburndale High, Frostproof High, Haines City High, Lake Region High, Lake Wales High, Ridge Community High and Winter Haven High) in their efforts to develop the academic and motivational potential of students who are interested in pursuing a college degree.

The academic component of Upward Bound is held in conjunction with the regular academic school year. In addition to having Academic Success Coaches stationed at each target school, participants attend Discovery Saturday sessions at the Winter Haven Campus one or two Saturdays each month.

During Discovery Saturdays, students participate in a variety of educational and social activities. Individual needs assessment enables instruction and counseling to be tailored to each student. Upward Bound at Polk State also operates a summer program.


To apply, obtain an application from the Upward Bound office at Polk State by calling 863.292.3705.


2015-2016 Funding Level $262,473