Applications are now available for high school students to participate in Upward Bound at Arkansas State University-Beebe on the Beebe and Heber Springs campuses. Upward Bound is a federally-funded program that is intended to help students develop the skills necessary to enter and complete post-secondary education.
The ASU-Beebe Upward Bound program is open to students in eighth through eleventh grade who attend schools at Beebe, Cabot, Carlisle, Clinton, Concord, Des Arc, England, Guy-Perkins, Hazen, Heber Springs, Lonoke, Mt. Vernon-Enola, Quitman, Rose Bud, Shirley, South Side Bee Branch, Vilonia, and West Side Greers Ferry. Upward Bound works with high school students from ninth grade through graduation from high school.
Students must demonstrate academic potential for post-secondary education, must be classified as a first-generation college student, and/or come from families with low incomes, and/or have a high risk for academic failure in order to qualify. A first generation student is a person whose parents have not graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Academic failure is defined as students with below a 2.5 GPA, or have scored basic or below basic on their state assessments, or have not taken geometry by the tenth grade.
Through Upward Bound, students receive additional classroom instruction, tutoring, academic and career counseling, ACT preparation, college experience through attendance in summer camp, and cultural enrichment and social skills. Time and effort is spent in preparing students for college by providing information on colleges/universities, campus visits and assisting with the completion of admissions, financial aid and scholarship applications.
Students attend classes two Saturdays per month and participate in after-school tutoring programs and a six-week summer program. The summer program consists of the students living in the ASU-Beebe residence halls for five weeks during the months of June and July. The “sixth week” is used for an educational cultural trip.
The costs of the program for students are covered under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Each Upward Bound participant receives a stipend plus mileage for each Saturday or tutoring session attended. Room and board during the summer camp, cultural event admission and other activities are also paid by the program.
Applications may be picked up from a student’s high school counselor, or by calling the Upward Bound offices on the ASU-Beebe campus at (501) 882-4455, or the ASU-Heber Springs campus at (501) 362-1180. Applications and additional information can be obtained from the web page at .