Upward Bound Program at EKU

What is the Upward Bound Program?

The Eastern Kentucky University Upward Bound Program (UB) is funded by the United States Department of Education, has 46 years of positive impact on the lives of Kentucky students in Casey, Estill, Jackson, Lee, Lincoln, Powell and Wolfe counties, and is designed to work with nominated high school students (9th - 12th grade) who are:

  • Interested in being first-generation college graduates in their family
  • Unable to afford college
  • Willing to participate in tutoring and classes in their home counties and during the summers on EKU's campus
  • Motivated to raise their ACT scores
  • In need of academic support in order to attain their education goals beyond high school
  • Interested in cultivating new friendships and enjoying positive experiences

What services are provided with the program?

Academic and consultative support services are provided at no cost to selected students or their legal custodian. Those services include:

  • Assisting with the navigation on how to apply for college financial aid
  • Coaching time management, study skills and decision making
  • Providing educational field trips
  • Year-round career, academic, and financial planning
  • Broadening life experiences through cultural events, academic programs, and other activities
  • Offering financial stipends
  • Providing monthly one-on-one tutoring
  • Supplying online supplemental tutoring programs that are available 24 hours/7 days a week

Upward Bound's inclusion of the six-week residential summer program that strengthens skills in subjects such as English, Math, Science, Foreign Languages, Literature, Journalism, Computer Science, and Speech and Drama makes it unique in high school educational supplements.  Then, when a student graduates from high school, UB continues to monitor that student until he/she completes post-secondary education.

This WIA Title I - financially assisted program or activity - is an equal opportunity employer/program.

Auxillary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


“Eastern Kentucky University Upward Bound is funded through a TRiO grant from the United States Department of Education totaling $480,280”