Upward Bound at Independence Community College

The Upward Bound Program provides qualified participants with the tools, skills, access to resources, and motivators needed to complete high school and to enter and succeed in college. A six-week summer component is also created and offered to provide students with an actual academic, realistic collegiate, social, intellectual, and cultural experience geared towards preparing students for college life. Our federal guidelines can be accessed by clicking here: Title 34 → Subtitle B → Chapter VI → Part 645

Upward Bound staff members with backgrounds and expertise in education, counseling, or a related field engineer an innovative and extensive college preparation platform designed to help participants prosper while attending high school, we ensure students attain focused individual/program objectives, and we help prepare eligible students for success in earning a two-year or four-year college degree. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education since 1996, Upward Bound @ Independence Community College is able to serve 65 accepted high school students in six different geographic areas (Cherryvale, Fredonia, Independence, Neodesha, Parsons, and Sedan). Initial applicants must be in the 9th, 10th, or the 11th grade, demonstrate a need for our academic support services, and meet federally defined statuses of “low-income,” “at risk for academic failure,” and/or potential “first-generation college student” eligibility guidelines located in our application packet. Upward Bound can connect participants with exclusive resources, tutors/counselors, tools, and so much more, but we are looking for those individuals who are motivated to succeed during high school and who are committed to earning a college degree.

Please note, assumptions about what makes a student applicant a “first-generation college student,” “at risk for academic failure,” or “low-income” may discourage students from applying. In most cases, our guidelines may be different. Please contact one of our staff members if you feel your situation is unique or review the federal definitions in our application packet. Individuals will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. We are here to help you excel in this program, so please call, message, or e-mail us. We are here for you and happy to help! 

Absolutely No Cost to Participants and their Families

All services and activities are free to accepted participants. In addition, UB students can earn a monthly stipend during the school year for event attendance. Participants must maintain the required 2.5 GPA to receive the stipend. During the summer, participants are eligible for an additional stipend amount if they complete the six-week summer program. An optional, paid work-study component is also offered to interested students.

That's a fact...

In August 2020 alone, Upward Bound Program Participants were provided with over $60,000 worth of academic instructional supplies, proven state testing study resources, guides, instructor access, guided professional development workshops, advising/mentoring, and overall, benefited from seven major support and innovative initiatives in the first month of the school semester. #Whoa!

Selection Process

Once the Upward Bound team receives all completed application materials, we will determine eligibility based on federal guidelines. If an applicant is admitted into the program, an interview will take place after a 60-day program trial period with a legal guardian and the student participant. If a student is emancipated or does not have a legal guardian, we will provide federal guidance on eligibility based on their situation and required documentation. Federal guidelines do not exclude legally “independent students” from applying or being accepted into the program. 

All applicants will receive an acceptance or nonacceptance letter. During their 60-day probationary period, the student must attend all Upward Bound events and the interview will determine if the student will continue to be a committed and valuable member of the program. We understand if extenuating or special circumstances should be considered. Please communicate your needs and our staff will always try to accommodate.

EXCLUSIVE (and FREE) Enrichment Opportunities: 

All Upward Bound services, activities, supplies, and so much more are absolutely free to qualified participants. See only some of what we have to offer below.

Apply today, quickly, and securely online: https://botform.compansol.com/202405520027844     

  • Tutoring (math, English, science, history, foreign languages...all the things) 
  • Money for participating! 
  • ACT Testing fee waivers, test prep, books/instructors 
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) Completion 
  • One-on-One Assistance
  • Parent & Student Tutorials
  • Seminars / Webinars / Workshops 
  • Professional tips from instructors, subject matter experts, and more 
  • College Visits (three per year sponsored by Upward Bound) 
  • Assessment of your Needs
  • College Credit while still in High School (requirements apply)
  • College & Career Preparation/Planning Assistance
  • College Life Experiences:  
  • dorm life, trips, campus visits, resident advisors, camp counselors…
  • Community Activities 
  • Expert Academic & Career Advising
  • Financial Management & Aid
  • Scholarships, Loans, & Grant info and help with applying, too!
  • Grade Success Support 
  • Mentoring & Presentations

Calendar of Events (Current as of February 15, 2021): 

2020-2021 Monthly School Site Visits:

Parents, school staff, and interested applicants are welcome to attend all Upward Bound events.

Fredonia High School - 2nd and 4th Tuesday @ 2:56 p.m. (virtual via Zoom)

Independence High School - 1st and 3rd Tuesday @ 12:30 p.m. (virtual via Zoom)

Sedan High School - 1st and 3rd Wednesday @ 11:54 a.m. (virtual via Zoom or using other remote options at this time)

Neodesha High School - 2nd and 4th Thursday @ 9:30 a.m. (in person)

Cherryvale High School - 1st and 3rd Thursday @ 3:06 .p.m. (virtual via Zoom)

Parsons High School - 2nd and 4th Wednesday @ 8:00 a.m. (in person)

*Site visit schedule and delivery (in person or remote/virtual) is subject to change based on school calendar availability, campus closures/precautions, and school guidance.  

Saturday Seminars (NEXT ONE is April 24, 2021):

  • Our next Saturday Session is being held virtually. JOIN US FOR an UNFORGETTABLE MOTIVATIONAL MAGIC SHOW!!! 

    • More information will be posted on our Facebook: @iccUB.


        Parents, interested Upward Bound Applicants (see info slides on Facebook), and school staff are encouraged to join us for monthly meetings and Saturday Sessions. Look for event details using #UBICCSat on Facebook. Current Upward Bound participants are required to attend.  If you cannot make it, we have makeup sessions available so you can earn your monthly $tipend!

        We would love to know how you think our last virtual seminar session went, AND BONUS, your feedback helps us help you. Take the quick survey by clicking here:



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Contact Us

The entire team is reachable by email or any other means you are comfortable with. Send requests to upwardbound@indycc.edu and someone will be in contact with you as soon as possible. If you would like to try and contact us another way or in addition to  sending us an email, we are reachable on Facebook through Messenger @iccub, we also use the Remind App, and/or feel free to call us at 620-332-5465 or 620-332-5452/5453.

Do not heistate to reach out as there are no large or small requests we are not willing or able to respond to. OUR STUDENTS are the reason we do what we do and we pride ourselves in being responsive to their and their family's needs, feedback, suggestions, and/or concerns.

We really do appreciate your feedback and welcome the opportunity to improve…  

If you have a student need request or want to provide feedback about one of our school visit or Saturday Seminars anonymously or otherwise, or want to provide parent feedback, please simply click on one of the Upward Bound-specific surveys below.

School Site Visit Survey and Needs Assessment

Saturday Seminar Survey and Needs Assessment

Parent and School Staff Survey

For comments, feedback, concerns, complaints or any other remarks you would like to submit to the ICC Administration, please use ICC's online form. If you would like to address your comments to a specific governing body at ICC like the Board of Trustees, the President of the College, or a Department Chair, please indicate that in your remarks within the form. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with any feedback! 

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