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upward bound

trio upward bound is funded by a grant from the united stated department of education in the amount of $257,500 per year. trio upward bound provided 60 eligible 9th-12th grade students with services that support successful completion of high school and assist with postsecondary exploration and enrollment. trio upward bound is designed educate students so that they are able to negotiate the pursuit of higher education.

our focus is to encourage and assist students to reach their academic and personal goals in high school and enroll in a postsecondary school of their choice. participants receive assistance with career and college exploration, the college application process, financial aid application, college entrance exam preparation and writing scholarship application essays. students also receive instruction in financial literacy, leadership skills, study skills, test taking skills, transitioning from high school to college and improving self esteem. student participate in free college campus visits, cultural enrichment opportunities, workshops, weekly academic assistance and a six week college experience summer program.

trio upward bound serves emmetsburg high school, estherville lincoln central high school and spencer high school.


trio upward bound participants will have a cumulative gpa of 2.5 or above.

trio upward bound seniors will have achieved at the proficient level on state assessments in reading/language arts and math.

trio upward bound participants served during the project year will continue in school for the next academic year, at the next grade level, or will have graduated from secondary school with a regular secondary school diploma.

current and prior year trio upward bound participants will complete a rigorous secondary school program and graduate with a regular secondary program.

trio upward bound participants will enroll in a program of postsecondary education by the fall term immediately following high school graduation or will have received notification, by the fall term immediately following high school, from an institution of higher education, of acceptance but deferred enrollment until the next academic semester (spring).

trio upward bound participants who enrolled in postsecondary will attain either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree within 6 years following graduation from high school.

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