The Virginia Union University Upward Bound Program is a 100 percent federally funded grant program sponsored through the U.S. Department of Education with funding to serve 80 students from the Richmond Public School System to provide fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelors degree and high school students from low-income families. The goals of Upward Bound are to, prepare underrepresented high school students for successful application and entry into postsecondary education and to increase the number of low-income and first generation students earning a college degree.
The Upward Bound Program has three phases – the Academic Year Saturday Academy, the Summer Residential Institute and the Summer Bridge Component. During the Academic Academy, students spend two (2) Saturdays a month on campus between September and May. For the duration of the Summer Institute, students spend five (5) or six (6) weeks as mock college students on the campus of Virginia Union University.
Throughout both phases students are involved in academic classes, on-campus tutoring, group and individual counseling sessions, organized recreation, and a variety of cultural experiences. Additionally, program staff regularly visits the target high schools to work with administrators, guidance staff and teachers in meeting the needs of participants. Campus visits/college tours, field trips, recreational and cultural activities are all integral parts of the Upward Bound Program. These activities are scheduled to provide students with new experiences, exposure to a variety of college campuses, cultural awareness and enrichment.
Often described as the culminating event of the Upward Bound experience, the Bridge program is designed to expose recent program graduates to a myriad of college level academic work/research in the summer between one’s graduation from high school to their first semester in college the following fall semester, thus "bridging" the gap between high school and college. Upward Bound graduates planning to attend college in the fall semester immediately following graduation have the opportunity to take one to two transferrable college courses at Virginia Union University.
Virginia Union University
1500 North Lombardy Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Phone (804) 257-5899
Fax (804) 257-5832