Upward Bound

Connect with classmates and advisors to prepare for college through Upward Bound trips, tutoring and activities.

“The first people I met welcomed me and encouraged me to stay. Upward Bound has provided me with countless opportunities.” –Alex Rodriguez

Students who are accepted into this close-knit program commit to participate for six weeks each summer and on Saturdays until high school graduation. After graduation, you can enroll in two summer college courses at COM to jump-start your education.

Upward Bound Services for High School Students


  • Social events
  • Saturday meetings at COM
  • Tutoring at high schools
  • Career awareness
  • Activities in English, math and science
  • Study skills workshops
  • Individual and group advising
  • Opportunities for parental involvement
  • Trips to museums, plays and concerts


  • A six-week college experience at COM to prepare students for the coming school year
  • Recreational activities

Upward Bound Eligibility

  • Must be at least 13 years old
  • Must be enrolled in ninth or 10th grade at Dickinson, Hitchcock or La Marque High School
  • Must demonstrate academic potential
  • Must meet income guidelines
  • Must be a first-generation college student

To Apply

Visit counselors’ offices at Dickinson, Hitchcock or La Marque High School.

Download the application.

A student’s story

Candy Sanchez


From a Student

“When I think of Upward Bound, I think of a home away from home. Mr. Reyes and Mr. Sawyer have created an environment to allow students to be themselves and challenge themselves academically.”

–Samuel Parada

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