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Summerfest

The Upward Bound Summer Program, also known as Summerfest, is a five-week college simulated residential program.  During this time, participants live in the campus residence hall and take classes to improve their academic skills. Participants also take part in community service, college preparation, cultural, and educational excursions.  In addition, social and recreational events are offered in the evenings.  The sixth week of Summerfest is an optional trip participants may attend, based on grades and behavior throughout the summer.

Sophomore Scholarship

Rising 11th graders have the opportunity to participate in the Sophomore Scholarship program.  Upward Bound will utilize fundraising money to pay for three hours of tuition and books for the Public Speaking course at Independence Community College for each qualifying participant.  To qualify for this scholarship a participants must be a rising 11th grader, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and have a counselor recommendation.  The course is transferable to most Kansas public post-secondary institutions. 

Junior Scholarship

Rising 12th graders have the opportunity to participate in the Junior Scholarship program.  Upward Bound will use fundraising money to pay for three hours of tuition and books at Independence Community College for each qualifying participant.  To qualify for this scholarship a participants must be a rising 12th grader, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and have a counselor recommendation.  The course is transferable to most Kansas public post-secondary institutions.  

Bridge Program

Participants who have graduated in the spring, participate in the Summer Bridge program.  Upward Bound pays for up to six hours of tuition and books at Independence Community College for each qualifying participant. The courses are transferable to most Kansas public post-secondary institutions.  Additional requirements to participate in the Bridge program apply.  Please ask a UB staff member for more information. 

Summer Educational and Cultural Trip

The Upward Bound team is planning a three to four-day trip to a regional, major city for the week following our summer program.  Participants who have attended monthly events regularly, have had no behavior issues, and who have received a 2.5 GPA at the conclusion of summer classes are permitted to attend.

OUR NEXT TRIP IS IN WORKS. Please let us know if you have any ideas, but we are planning on traveling sometime in July 2021!