Fairfield University Upward Bound is a federally funded program for college-bound high school students. Through comprehensive, holistic, co-curricular and academic programs, the FairfieldUniversity Upward Bound Program provides low income, potential first-generation college students with the tools necessary to access postsecondary education as full participants. We support students as they push beyond barriers to college access by engaging them in tutoring, mentoring, academic instruction, academic counseling, standardized testing classes, life skills workshops, cultural events, college visits, assistance with the college admissions and financial aid processes, financial literacy, career exploration, leadership development, and a summer residential program. All activities and services are provided at no cost to the students and their families.
Upward Bound is part of the federally funded TRiO programs. The primary purpose of TRiO programs is to prepare low-income/potential first generation college students for successful entry into, retention in, and completion of postsecondary education.
What is the purpose of Upward Bound?
The goal of Upward Bound is to improve the academic performance, motivation levels, and self-confidence of the participating students so that they reach their ultimate goal of achieving a college degree.
The academic year component emphasizes academic achievement and goal setting. It includes:
We are on the move! Excellence is our destination, discipline is our path.
On behalf of the Fairfield University Upward Bound Program, I welcome you to our informative and user-friendly website. Our motto "We're on the move! Excellence is our destination, discipline is our path," reflects the core values integral to our college preparatory program. We provide the support necessary for academic success as our students transition from high school to college. Additionally, we aim to equip our students with the life skills necessary to enable them to become productive members of our society.
This website is an additional resource dedicated to serving our program participants from the district of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Thank you for visiting with us today.
Rony G. Delva, MSW
Program Director, Upward Bound
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Academic Year Component (October-May)
The Academic Year Component emphasizes academic achievement and goal setting. It includes:
The six-week Summer Program is an integral part of the Upward Bound experience. During the summer, students commute for two weeks (transportation provided). For the remaining four weeks, students reside on the Fairfield University campus. During the six-week program of study, students continue to develop their academic, personal, and leadership skills. Students attend classes, tour college campuses, and engage in a variety of field trips and activities.
Bridgeport students who are enrolled in one of the three following high schools may be selected to participate in Fairfield University Upward Bound:
The applicants must be in 9th or 10th grade and potential first-generation college graduates. The selection is based on information obtained from a competed application including a copy of the parent's/guardian's most recent income tax return, school records, guidance counselors, teacher recommendations, and a personal interview with each student and parent.
What is expected of participants?
Students in the Upward Bound Program are expected to maintain a good attendance record, participate in planned activities, maintain a high grade point average in their high schools, and work to the best of their abilities.
What Educational Services are offered?
The Upward Bound Program provides academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, foreign languages, history, and computers to help students successfully complete their high school classes and prepare for post-secondary education.
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Who is eligible to become an Upward Bound participant?
The Fairfield University Upward Bound Program is designed to assist first-generation, low-income students to achieve their goal of college attendance. To be eligible for the program, a student must aspire to earn a bachelor's degree and demonstrate academic need, be a first-generation college student (neither parent holds a bachelor's degree), be a citizen of the U.S. or a permanent resident, and attend Central, Bassick or Harding High School.
What are the general benefits of Upward Bound to students?
Our goal is to increase the number of first generation students entering and succeeding in college. Upward Bound offers students the opportunity to:
Is there a cost for the program?
No. The Upward Bound Program is free to participants.
What does Upward Bound expect of students?
The Upward Bound Program expects that students attend the Academic Year Program (including tutoring sessions, Saturday sessions, field trips and other activities) and the Summer Residential Program. Additionally, we expect that students will maintain at least a "C" average in every class, adhere to the student pledge, have a willingness to work hard, have a positive attitude, and stay open to possibilities and opportunities. Our ultimate goal is for students to apply to, enroll in, and graduate from college.
Is transportation available to Upward Bound activities?
Transportation to Saturday sessions, Summer Program commuting weeks, cultural events, college tours and field trips is provided. Occasionally, transportation will be from a student's school or other location. Transportation is not provided for tutoring. Students must be picked up from tutoring at school during the academic year.
Does a student have to attend Fairfield University after finishing the program?
No. Upward Bound students are encouraged to apply to, enroll in, and graduate from any institution of higher education. Our goal is for our students to obtain at least a bachelor's degree.
Does Upward Bound help pay for college?
No. During the Junior and Senior year, the Upward Bound Program will assist scholars in researching scholarship opportunities and completing scholarship applications. During the Senior year, workshops will be held to assist students and parents complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms and help facilitate them through the financial aid process.
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