Upward Bound Program Overview
Davis & Elkins College (D&E) Upward Bound (UB) Programs are TRIO funded college preparatory programs serving Barbour, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, and Tucker Counties of West Virginia. The only cost to the student or family would be transportation to and from UB activities and your commitment of time to program activities. Transportation from Pendleton and Pocahontas Counties is provided. Schedules are posted on website.
UB prepares participants and families for college in various ways. Students participate in Challenge Sessions that are held one Saturday a month, September through May, except for January, on the campus of D&E. These typically begin at 10 am and end at 3 pm. Some topics include career, cultural, academic exploration, financial aid, test preparation, college admission and applications, and community service. Students will receive a $15 stipend for attending each Challenge Session.
In-school sessions provide opportunities for students to meet with Academic and School Advisors to address academic and career counseling and personal issues. Individual Career and Academic Plans (CAPS) are developed and reviewed to document goals, achievements, and aspirations of participants.
Students are required to complete two hours of assigned tutoring each month during the academic year. Tutoring is also offered at the student’s high school, as needed. The focus may be specific subjects: preparations for standardized tests (with fee waivers provided), academic, career, college, or scholarship explorations. Students receive a $15 stipend for two hours of tutoring. In addition, for completing tutoring and participating in a Challenge Session, students receive a monthly bonus of $10, therefore, making the maximum monthly stipend $40 for the academic year.
UB has a Classic Summer Program where students live in the D&E campus dorms. Students attend academic classes during the day and participate in social, cultural, and wellness classes throughout the evening. Classes are designed to prepare students for high school completion as well as college preparation. Field trips include college visits, community service, career day, and a cultural Reward Trip. Resident Coordinators (RCs) are hired and live in the dorms with students. RCs are involved in every facet of the Program and bring experiences from different colleges. Students are not allowed to leave the D&E campus without a UB staff member or without written permission from their parent/guardian. Students are expected to participate after their sophomore and junior high school years. Students do not receive high school credit; however, they receive a stipend for their participation up to $60 a month.
Students may be eligible for a Bridge Program after graduating from high school. Students may be offered up to two college classes at D&E during the college’s Summer B-Term. The UB Program, with college support, pays for all expenses (room, board, books, and tuition.) Students live in the dorm, have a meal plan, and participate in college preparatory workshops and tutoring. Students can earn up to six college credits, which should transfer to the college of their choice in the fall. Bridge students are additionally eligible for a $60 monthly participation stipend.
For additional information, see our website at www.deupwardbound.com, or call at 800.624.3157, ext. 1989, 304-637-1989 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
100% funded by two Title IV TRIO grants from the U.S. Department of Education, totaling $710,463 (Pendleton/Pocahontas $275,155 and Randolph/Barbour/Tucker $435,308). Project services are free to eligible students. Upward Bound is an Equal Opportunity in Education project and, therefore, does not discriminate on the basis race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability.