Upward Bound at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise was recently awarded a supplement grant in the amount of $39,999 from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will support student mastery of key prerequisites to ensure success in all STEM fields and will expose students to building-block skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving, gained through hands-on, inquiry-based learning.


Upward Bound is a pre-college program serving low income and/or first-generation high school students from schools in Wise and Dickenson counties. The program serves 80 students during the academic year with the grant funded 100 percent by the U.S Department of Education, with an annual budget of $434,917. This program has been at the College since 1966. The program activities are free to the students, and they receive a stipend for participation. Students will participate in tutoring and classes each month and optional cultural and social activities. Participants receive free tutoring, academic counseling, motivational sessions, test information and college prep. Upward Bound also pays for the PSAT, SAT, ACT, college applications, financial aid workshops and dual enrollment for junior and senior participants who qualify.


Interested students may check with their school guidance counselor or call the Upward Bound office at 276-328-0175 for eligibility requirements and application information. Students must be enrolled in college-bound track classes, including dual enrollment and foreign language, plan to enroll in college to receive at least an associate’s or baccalaureate degree, and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. Information may also be found on the college website at http://upwardbound.uvawise.edu.