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Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a college preparatory program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  Upward Bound provides intensive, year-round academic services and enrichment activities to prepare students holistically for success in college. 


or download and print an APPLICATION

During the summer, Upward Bound students attend a six-week academy designed to provide a college going experience, as well as give a head start on the students next year in school.  The summer academy offers: 

  • Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction
  • Academic Coaching and Counseling
  • College Prep Assistance
  • Financial Literacy Education 
  • ACT/SAT Test Preparation
  • College and Cultural tours
  • STEM Workshops
  • Community Service Opportunities
  • Career Exploration 
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Workshops
  • Mentoring
  • High School Credit and College Credit

Academic Year (august-may)

Upward Bound also provides a variety of educational, cultural and career enrichment experiences throughout the year which includes:

  • Saturday Academic Class Sessions
  • Afterschool Tutoring 
  • Standardize Test 
  • College visits and Cultural Enrichment Experiences
  • Assistance completing the FASFA application
  • Leadership and Community Service Opportunities
  • Assistance Completing College and Scholarship Applications
  • Monthly Participation Stipend
  • High School Credit

how to become an upward bound member

Students interested in joining Upward Bound are encouraged to apply during the 8th, 9th and 10th grade.  Limited spaces are available for students who have completed the 11th grade. To be a member the student must:

  • Have a desire to attend college after high school
  • Agreement to participate in Upward Bound until after high school graduation
  • Be enrolled in a partner high school: Logan, Capital, Nitro, Riverside, Sissonville, South Charleston, St. Albans (If in middle school, the student will enroll in a partner school next year)
  • Be a first generation college bound student (neither parent has obtained a bachelors degree) or meet family income guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Education 
  • Complete and submit the Upward Bound Application
After submitting the application, all students must ask his/her/their current guidance school counselor, math teacher and English teacher to submit the approperiate recommendation form below. 


West Virginia State University Pre-College Upward Bound 
PO Box 1000, Sullivan Hall 223 East
Institute, WV  25112
(304) 766-3086

Our Team

Krystal Tolliver
Director of TRIO Programs
(304) 766-3086
Lloyd Wilkerson
Educational Outreach Counselor
(304) 766-4264
Nada Gray
Academic Coach
(304) 766-5145
Angela Myers
Academic Coach
(304) 206-6938
Amy Champe
Office Administrator
(306) 766-3120
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