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University of Oklahoma Upward Bound

Through a generous grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education and the kind sponsorship of the University of Oklahoma 63 students are chosen from the Oklahoma City Public Schools target schools of U.S. Grant High School and Northwest Classen High School to become a part of a unique program called Upward Bound.

For over 50 years Upward Bound programs have been providing students from first-generation, low-income, and ultimately underprivileged backgrounds with education and opportunities to help them excel in high school, graduate high school, and help them attend the post-secondary college or university of their choice.

We provide these services to students through the academic and summer portions of our program free of charge. In addition, students have the opportunity to earn stipends through their participation and attendance.


Department of Education funded TRIO programs, like Upward Bound, have the goal that each of our students completes high school and attends a post-secondary college or university, not specifically our host institution.  

Our dedication to helping students extends into their post-secondary career as well.  Here at OU and many other locations TRIO students have access to Student Support Services programs which help them find community and support while in college.  As well, on their second year of college, they can apply for the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program.  This program helps students on their journey to a Master's degree and if they wish, onward to attain a PhD.  

Our Supporters

Our program is generously supported by the OU Office of Student Affairs and OU Housing and Food through staffing, office spaces, and financial donations. Our graduate students are provided generously through the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. 

Our summer program is kindly assisted by the efforts of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, the Stephenson Research and Technology Center, the Price College of Business, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences, the Bizzell Memorial Library,  and the Office of Student Life.  

If your organization or campus office would like to collaborate with Upward Bound feel free to contact us anytime!