Upward Bound provides academic classes, counseling, tutoring, and cultural/social enrichment activities to eligible high school students in a three county area: Cheatham, Houston, and Stewart. Students are usually recruited in their freshmen or sophomore year.
Program participants, who have potential to succeed in college and/or vocational school with some additional academic/motivational support, must meet federal financial guidelines and/or be from families where neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. Specific individual/group activities covered throughout a student's participation in the program include career information, study skills information, ACT preparation sessions, college admissions information, and financial aid workshops. Individual counseling sessions take place with each student at his/her high school throughout the academic year, with tutoring and cultural enrichment sessions being offered one Saturday per month.
Students participate in a six week summer residential program at Austin Peay State University which emphasizes academics and cultural/social enrichment.
After high school graduation, participants have the opportunity to compete for a schlolarship for up to six college credit hours at APSU, transferable to any college or university of their choice. Tri-County Upward Bound pays for tuition, housing, meals and books (budget allowing). Through all of these activities and services, participants get a first-hand look at college life and an academic boost from the Upward Bound program.