LYNDON – The Northern Vermont University – Lyndon Upward Bound program has begun accepting applications for new students for the 2020 academic year and summer residential program.
Upward Bound is funded through the U.S. Department of Education. The program is committed to providing modest-income, first generation, and college bound students the academic background, college preparatory experiences and support needed to succeed in college immediately after high school.
Eligible students must be in ninth or tenth grade and meet at least one of the following criteria: they will be the first generation in their family to obtain a four-year college degree, and/or come from a modest income family.
Students are considered first generation if neither of their parents or legal guardians possess a bachelor’s degree. Financial eligibility is determined by taxable income and household size. A family of four is eligible if their taxable income for the 2019 tax year is less than $39,300. A student is eligible for the program even if they only meet one of the two criteria.
Each year students are selected from 10 area high schools in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and Northern New Hampshire, including Blue Mountain Union, Canaan Memorial, Craftsbury Academy, Danville High School, Hazen Union, Lake Region Union, Lyndon Institute, Woodsville High School, St. Johnsbury Academy, and Rivendell Academy. Students spend six weeks of their summers on the campus of Northern Vermont University – Lyndon, where they take college preparatory courses including SAT Prep, hold volunteer work study positions in the local community to explore careers, and spend evenings engaged in a variety of activities designed to expand their educational opportunities and promote cultural and inter-personal growth in preparation for post-secondary education.
Upward Bound also provides academic guidance, support, and other opportunities to students throughout the school year. While in the program, students have the opportunity to participate in community service, attend leadership events, college tours, and financial aid and college planning workshops. Upward Bound is free for any eligible participating student.
Applications can be found in the guidance offices at participating high schools and online at northernvermont.edu/academics/non-traditional-students/upward-bound/lyndon-upward-bound. For more information, contact Rick Williams in the Upward Bound office at (802) 626-500.