Prospective Upward Bound Students

Who is eligible to apply?

Our current grant from the U.S. Department of Education allows funding for the project to serve five targeted school districts.

Those districts are: Rogers, Springdale, Gentry, Gravette and Decatur.

Schools we are currently allowed to actively recruit from include: Gravette High, Gentry High, Decatur High, Rogers High, Rogers Heritage High, Southwest Junior High and the newest on our list Lakeside Junior High. 

Any student of these schools that is in the 8th-10th grade is invited to apply to our program at any time of year. We accept students based on several criteria including: household income, education level of parents/caregivers, student scholastic performance and a desire to succeed.

At least 75% of our student body must qualify as low-income as well as first generation college prospects.

How does a student apply for admission? Is there an application fee?

Students or parents may receive an application in several ways:

  1. By contacting our office directly by phone or email: 479-619-2272 or ajones47@nwacc.edu
  2. By attending an informational presentation held annually at each of the schools in our district.
  3. By expressing interest in Upward Bound to a school counselor.
  4. Downloading an application from our website here.  

How much will it cost?

There is NO COST to the students or family, just the investment of time and enthusiasm for your future.  UB is 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education for eligible high school students who aspire toward high education.  Students who attend the Saturday workshops will receive $40/month attended to cover transportation and incidental expenses. Students who attend the entire summer program will receive $120. 

Once a student is accepted intot he program, does the student have to reapply each year?

Students do not need to reapply each year.  However, UB students do have to sign a letter of commitment each year as well as show progress towards their individual goals. The UB staff evaluates every student several times each year.  The results of those assessments are communicated to students and sometime parents.

Will Upward Bound pay for the student's college education?

No, but the UB Project will provide advice and guidance for students and their families to apply for federal, state, and other forms of college aid.  All senior participants are offered up to TWO FREE SUMMER CLASSES at NWACC following their successful completion of high school and are required to submit FAFSA forms. Also each participant can be given a ACT and compass testing fee waivers. 

What can I expect if I were accepted into the UB program?

  • 1-2 Saturday workshops during the academic year: September-May
  • 6 Weeks of summer programming at NWACC
  • Adventurous journeys on our annual week-long educational field trip
  • To improve high school GPA
  • To develop critical thinking skills and enhance testing abilities
  • Cultural enrichment
  • Hands on guidance
  • Increased confidence
  • Make new friends
  • To have FUN!

What we expect from you:

  • Commitment to stay in the program through until high school graduation.
  • Commitment to attend and graduate from a four year college.
  • Commitment to set and strive for goals of excellence in academics, personal growth, career choices, social development, morals and cultural awareness.
  • Commitment to abide by program rules of conduct and attendance.
  • Commitment to invest in your future and take charge of your life.


Questions or comments about the web site? Please email ajones47@nwacc.edu.