The Upward Bound project provides year-round educational intervention programs including weekly after-school meetings, college visitations, cultural activities, and the Summer Discovery Institute. Students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average and complete a minimum of two consecutive summers on the PHCC campus. Enrollment is limited to 66 students who successfully completed the 8th grade and attend Martinsville High School, Magna Vista High school, Bassett High School, or Patrick County High School. Students must be a U.S. citizen or national or permanent resident of the United States.
During the school year, Upward Bound advisors and tutors are in contact with participants, teachers, counselors, and parents. Counselors visit students at high schools to improve English and math skills. Students gain information about educational opportunities, receive help filling out college financial aid forms, complete college applications, and preparation for college entrance exams. Participants also have field trip opportunities to visit local colleges.
During the summer, 66 applicants from Upward Bound are selected to attend a six week Summer Discovery Institute (SDI). Students participate in academic classes at PHCC, career exploration, electives such as learning a second language, computers, lab science, and study skills, gain focus through cultural activities, field trips, and college visits.
Interested students should complete an "Application of Interest" that determines eligibility to participate in the program. If determined to be eligible, a full application packet is mailed to your home address.
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.
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.