Upward Bound


Are you interested in going to college?

Upward Bound can help!

If you are interested in going to college or want to learn more about college, Upward Bound can help! We are looking for students who want to go to college and need help preparing for college We know some students struggle in some areas, and we can help them succeed.

Upward Bound students receive:

  • Free ACT test and prep
  • Social and leadership skills
  • Tutoring and homework help
  • Cultural trips and experiences
  • College tours and information
  • Weekly and monthly meetings
  • One-on-one academic advising
  • New friendships and memories
  • Scholarship and financial aid information
  • 6-week summer program and end of summer trip
  • Career exploration and job shadowing opportunities
  • Community involvement and volunteer opportunities

What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is a college prep program for high school students. We serve students from 10 local high schools, Arcadia Valley, Bismarck, Central, Farmington, Fredericktown, Kingston, North County, Potosi, Valley, and West County. This program helps students prepare for success in high school and college. We provide activities and resources to sharpen skills and encourage achievement. Upward Bound works hard to provide students with many exciting opportunities to better their futures.

Who is Eligible?

The student must attend one of the ten schools we serve (listed above) in order to apply for our program. A student is eligible for this program if neither parent has received a 4-year degree OR if their family meets income guidelines. Income guidelines are based on the family’s taxable income, not gross income. A link to the income guidelines can be found here: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html

Apply Today!

Students interested in applying can pick up an application in their counselor’s office, call the Upward Bound office at 573-518-2156, or apply online.

Weekly Meeting Schedule

Meeting Times and Dates

Bus Schedule

April 2024 Bus Schedule

Current Newsletter

March 2024 Newsletter

For more information on Upward Bound or how to apply, contact the UB office located in the North College Center at Mineral Area College.

Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday

Upward Bound Staff

Kim Skaggs, Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Neighbors, Director

Beth Brand, Academic Advisor
Bismarck, Farmington, West County

Dane Korenak, Academic Advisor
Central, North County

Madeline Pryor, Academic Advisor
Arcadia Valley, Valley of Caledonia, Fredericktown

Connie Hester, Academic Advisor
Potosi, Kingston 

Mineral Area College
P.O. Box 1000
Park Hills, MO 63601
573-518-2168 (FAX)

Summer 2024

“Discover Your Heritage and Leave a Legacy"


Mark your calendar!

Summer Registration:  May 28, 2024

Summer Program:  June 3 – July 12, 2024

A Federally Funded Program

The Mineral Area College Upward Bound I program is a TRIO program funded with a five-year, $359, 828 per year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This represents 100% of the program cost. Mineral Area College provides 25% of indirect costs to support the program. The Mineral Area College Upward Bound II program is a TRIO program funded with a five-year, $312, 480 per year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This represents 100% of the program cost. Mineral Area College provides a portion of indirect costs to support the program.

Upward Bound is one of five programs established by Congress to help low-income, first-generation students enter college and graduate. These programs are referred to as the TRIO programs. For more information on Upward Bound I or II or for information on how to apply, contact the Upward Bound office located at Mineral Area College: (573) 518-2156.
Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Mineral Area College does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion, creed, or marital or parental status. For more information, call the Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and ADA Coordinator at (573)431-4593 or the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and need this publication in an alternative format, notify us at (573)431-4593. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your special needs.