Posted May 22, 2012
Sixty-five students are participating in the Idaho State University Summer Upward Bound Program learning the skills they need to be successful university-level students.
Upward Bound is a federally-funded program administered by Idaho State University designed to enhance the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school for youth of low-income families who are potential first-generation college students.
Students participating in the Summer Upward Bound Program enroll in three classes during the course of the day, from 8:30 a.m. through 3:50 p.m., with a break for lunch in between classes; a later afternoon comprehensive, academic study session is scheduled for all students on a daily basis with emphasis placed on providing assistance with assigned homework and enhancing student's preparatory skills for college, how to study and prepare for tests, how to manage their time and other college skills. All services are provided at no cost to the family.
The students are also exposed to living on campus and are given the opportunity to attend campus entertainment and social events held during the summer.
The TRiO Upward Bound program at Idaho State University is a participant in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program through the State of Idaho. Upward Bound students are educated to proper nutrition standards set forth by the USDA and are monitored for proper compliance to daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals consumed during their summer Upward Bound experience.
Documentation is submitted to the USDA and the Upward Bound Program is financially reimbursed for a portion of the total meal costs accrued during the summer program. The USDA has been instrumental in providing much needed nutritional education to program participants over the years and has helped defray some of the financial costs incurred to the program.