What do Oprah Winfrey, Angela Bassett, Viola Davis, and Wil Haygood have in common? Each are alumni of Upward Bound, a federal TRIO program. Snow College is a host school for Upward Bound, and they are hard at work this year.
In 1964, the Economic Opportunity Act was passed by Lindon B Johnson. This authorized Community Action Agencies to be formed as part of the War on Poverty. From this act emerged Upward Bound. Upward Bound is a program that offers services to high school students from either low income families or families in which neither parent has obtained a bachelor’s degree. As said on www2.ed.gov, “Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in preparation for college.”
“We’ve been here for 32 years,” says Snow College Upward Bound director Diane Gardner. “We host Upward Bound for four high schools: Manti, North Sanpete, Richfield, and Gunnison Valley.”
Once a month, the directors and staff of Upward Bound host Wise Wednesday for the students to meet as a whole and learn more about college. This year, they have learned FAFSA information and healthy habits at Wise Wednesdays. They also have a newsletter printed every other month for the students to keep up on new information.
“[Upward Bound] helped me by preparing me for college. I took practice ACT’s and learned new study skills. When you start things like that in high school, it’s so much easier when you get to college,” says Clarrissa Page, UVU Trio’s Upward Bound alumni. “We also learned about financial aid and stress management, and things like that… It definitely helped me as I came into college.”