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Upward Bound Services

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Services for Participants

All participants are required to participate in Upward Bound academic sessions, tutorials, and workshops. There is also participation required by participants’ parents for special events or workshops. Participants earn stipends throughout the year for maintaining good academic standing, maintaing good behavior, and attending sessions or events. 

Students who complete all requirements of the program have the opportunity to earn stipends during the Academic Year Component and a stipend at the end of the Summer Component. All other expenses are paid by Upward Bound as well. This includes admissions to events, meals for field trips, and transportation for field trips. Last, the Summer Bridge Scholarship pays for tuition, fees, and supplies.

Academic Year Component (September through May)

  • Weekly school-based tutorials (English & math focus)
  • Saturday workshops
    • Study skills
    • Goal setting
    • Targeted instruction
    • ACT preparation
    • EOC test prep
    • College admission procedures
    • Life skills & recreation
    • Cultural education
    • Leadership activities
  • Cultural trips (in-state and out-of-state)
  • College tours (in-state and out-of-state)
  • Weekly academic counseling

Six-week Summer Program Component (June through July)

  • Enrichment classes for core subjects
    • Aligned to Louisiana State Standards
    • Prepares students for next school year
  • Electives pertaining to students’ interests
  • College tours (in-state and out-of-state)
  • Academic counseling
  • End of Program Trip
  • Closing Program

Summer Bridge Program (June through July)

  • Scholarship to attend McNeese State University the summer following high school graduation
  • Offered to graduating seniors who meet McNeese State University’s admissions requirements
  • Stipend for books and supplies for summer courses

The summer component and Saturday workshops are held on McNeese’s campus. Students participate in activities such as museum tours, plays, festivals, college and career fairs, community service, and other educational or cultural awareness activities. In addition, students receive information through workshops on topics such as study skills, financial aid, standardized test preparation, and scholarship opportunities. Juniors and seniors receive fee waivers for the ACT tests.