The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math/Science Program works with eligible students from seven target high schools; Acorn, Caddo Hills, Cossatot River, Mena, Mt. Ida, Oden, and Waldron. Students from these schools that are in the 9th or 10th grade should apply. Students must meet additional eligibility requirements from the U.S. Department of Education. If you would like to apply, please download the application from the link below. Students may also obtain the application from their high school counselor or one of the Upward Bound Representatives. The application includes student information, parent information, a short biographical essay, and four faculty recommendation forms. Staff will also review the student’s grades and test scores.
2016-2017 Upward Bound Application
Please distribute the recommendation forms to your English teacher, Math teacher, Science teacher, and Counselor. Each of the recommendation forms will specify which teacher to hand the form too. The teachers will then give your forms to the counselor. Please return your part of the application (student and parent information) to your high school counselor. You can also mail the application to our office.
University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Upward Bound
1100 College Drive
Mena, AR 71961
Upward Bound staff will contact the student by phone or email with the information provided on the application packet. The staff will then interview the student either at the high school or at the Upward Bound office on the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain campus. The interview is an informal experience and should not be feared by the interviewee. The student and one parent/guardian must be present during the interview. After the interview process is complete staff will review the application, grades, and test scores. If the student is accepted they will receive a packet in the mail with their commitment forms, start date, and all necessary information to get started in Upward Bound.
All Upward Bound students must complete a 60 day probation/commitment period. During this time the student must attend all UB activities including an afterschool weekly session, two Saturdays a month, and tutoring once a week. If the student is admitted in the summer then he/she must attend a two week commitment/probation period during the summer academy. The only absences excused are school activities. After 60 days if the student has maintained good attendance and behavior they will become a full Upward Bound member. However, if good attendance or behavior is not maintained or the student decides not to participate then eligibility to become an Upward Bound member will be evaluated.
There is no cost to students or family, just the investment of time and interest in your future. Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math/Science is 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education
**Non-Discriminatory Statement–Upward Bound does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, sex, handicap or national origin.