Skip to content. Skip to main navigation.

VIDEOS

College Bound

UTA's Upward Bound Inspires Big Dreams

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Upward Bound program at The University of Texas at Arlington exposes local high school students to college life. The students are from low-income schools and most will be the first in their families to pursue a degree.

They visit campus once a week and receive tutoring from UTA students. They also get assistance filling out college and financial aid applications.

Upward Bound is federally funded and one of three educational opportunity programs, collectively known as TRiO, created by the Higher Education Act of 1965. While Upward Bound is offered on hundreds of campuses, UTA’s program is particularly strong. Doctors, lawyers, educators, and many other community leaders say it was instrumental in getting them into college and preparing them for success.

Political Strategist Donna Brazile, the first African American woman to manage a presidential campaign, is a proud product of Upward Bound. She spoke on campus February 25 as part of the Maverick Speakers Series.