An Upward Bound applicant must:

  • Be a student in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade who attends a target Polk County secondary school
  • Have family income which falls within guidelines established by the Federal government
  • Be a potential “first generation college student” (neither parent has earned a four-year college degree)
  • Acquire a recommendation from a full-time educator or administrator at target high school
  • Participate in an interview with the Director prior to admission to Upward Bound.