The Upward Bound project provides year-round educational intervention programs including weekly after-school meetings, college visitations, cultural activities, and Summer Discovery Institute for all participants.
There are no participation costs for selected students. Students are expected to maintain a 2.5 grade point average and complete a minimum of two consecutive summers on the PHCC campus.
Upward Bound Summer Discovery Institute: Sixty-six qualified applicants are chosen as Upward Bound participants and will be invited to attend a six week summer program at PHCC. During these six weeks students will take academic classes at Patrick Henry Community College as well as participate in career exploration. You will enroll in stimulating electives such as second language, computers, lab science, and study skills and you will gain focus through cultural activities, field trips, and college visits.
During the school year Upward Bound advisors and tutors are in contact with participants, teachers, counselors, and parents. Counselors visit with participants at local high schools and work with you to help you improve your English & Math skills.
You will gain information about educational opportunities, receive help filling out college financial aid forms, complete college applications and prepare you for college entrance exams. Participants have field trip opportunities to visit local colleges during the year.
Apply to Upward Bound!
Enrollment in each of the UB/UBMS programs is limited to 66 students. If you have successfully completed the 8th grade and attend Martinsville High School, Magna Vista High school, Bassett High School or Patrick County High School and you’re a U.S. citizen or national or permanent resident of the United States.
How to apply? Interested students can get an "Application of Interest" that will help determine eligibility to participate in the program. You may download and print the application, contact Upward Bound at PHCC in the Walker Fine Arts Student Center (276) 656-0334 or contact your high school guidance counsellor.
Once you’re determined to be eligible, a full application packet will be mailed to your home address.
The PHCC Upward Bound Program is funded through a Federal Grant of $262,000 per year. The grant is from the US Department of Education under Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act - Title IV: TRIO Programs - Upward Bound. This program is authorized to serve 66 students in specific target schools in the city of Martinsville and the counties of Henry and Patrick.