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About Upward Bound

The Upward Bound (UB) Program assists high school students in developing the academic skills and motivation needed to successfully complete high school and to enter college upon graduation. Students receive educational, cultural, and social experiences that will help prepare them to enter and succeed in college. UB students receive academic advising, after-school tutoring, study skills workshops and opportunities to visit colleges and universities. Upward Bound offers an academic year and summer component.

Upward Bound serves high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors at the following high schools in Southeastern Utah and Northern Arizona: Monticello, San Juan, Whitehorse, Monument Valley, Navajo Mountain, and Red Mesa (Arizona).

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements for Upward bound students to have a GPA of 2.3 to 2.5 or higher. UB seniors served during the project year, will have achieved at the proficient level on state assessments in reading/language arts and math.


85% of project participants served during the project year will continue in school for the next academic year, at the next grade level, or will have graduated from secondary school with a regular secondary school diploma.

The Upward Bound Mission

  • To identify qualified youth who are low-income and potential first generation college students.
  • To generate skills and motivation necessary for success in completing high school and enrolling in post-secondary education.
  • To encourage youth in the program to remain in and complete secondary education.
  • To encourage youth to enroll in post-secondary education and graduate

The Upward Bound mission will be accomplished through the following components:

Academic Year

Academic advisors form a partnership with students to successfully face the challenges of high school and college preparation. Together, advisors and students discuss grades, course selection, study skills, and other college preparatory topics. Activities include: academic, personal, and college prep advising in high schools; college visitations; college career opportunities; admissions, and financial aid.

Summer Program

Students spend five weeks on the Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah, San Juan Campus learning having fun. You will earn high school credit for taking classes such as math, language arts, science and a language other than English.

The 5-week academic/college bridge program allows students to:

  • develop highly effective study skills through nightly study sessions
  • practice being a college student
  • explore career and educational opportunities through mentoring

Students will also make many great friends and participate in cultural and recreational events, such as talent show, swimming, volleyball, basketball, softball and diversity orientations. Leadership experiences and service projects exist for students to make the most out of their 5-week experience.


Mailing Address:
576 W 200 S
Blanding, UT 84511

Teresa Frazier, Director
(435) 678-8175 |
Office: BLTB (2nd Floor)

Molly Worth, Coordinator
(435) 678-8182 |
Office: BLTB (2nd Floor)

Sally Singer, UB Staff
Monument High School
435-678-1208 |

Anne Howell, UB Staff
San Juan High School
435-678-1393 |

Penny Tomasyo, UB Staff
Navajo Mountain High School
435-678-1825 |

Carol Reynolds, UB Staff
Whitehorse High School
435-678-1854 |

Helen Tom, UB Staff
Red Mesa High School
928-656-4325 |


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