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The Upward Bound office is closed with staff working remotely, as required by the University of Maine System.

Upward Bound staff will reach out to current participants via REMIND, email, and text. Participants are encouraged to reach out to their primary Upward Bound counselors.

All other questions should be directed by email to  Rebecca.colannino@maine.edu. We will respond as quickly as possible. 

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Most of our target schools are providing meals during the school closure. Please let us know if you have any questions or need help connecting to the service.

Updated
3.18.20

Target Schools

The University of Maine is pleased to announce the recent five year TRIO Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science grant awards ($2.8 million) through the U.S. Department of Education. With a long successful history at the University of Maine starting in 1965, TRIO Upward Bound Programs have positively impacted the lives of thousands of high school students in their pursuit of postsecondary enrollment and graduation. Serving 127 Upward Bound students per year in thirteen high schools in Maine, the programs target students who are all from low-income families and/or families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. In Maine, students’ family income continues to be the strongest predictor of college-going as compared to students’ gender, race, and ethnicity (Mitchell Institute, “Maine High School Graduates: Trends in College-Going,Persistence, and Completion” 2015).

Classic Upward Bound Target Schools

Central High School

Dexter Regional High School

Foxcroft Academy

Penobscot Valley High School

Penquis Valley High School

Piscataquis Community Secondary School

Sumner Memorial High School

Upward Bound Math Science Target Schools

Central High School

Foxcroft Academy

Mattanawcook Academy

Nokomis Regional High School

Portland High School

Schenck High School

Stearns High School

Mission

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the mission of TRIO Upward Bound Programs mission is “to provide fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.”

For more information, visit the Department of Education.

 

Upward Bound Summer 2019 (photo taken by Beth Morin)
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