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TRIO Upward Bound 

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About Us

Upward Bound is a college preparatory program which provides high school students the opportunity to acquire the academic skills and personal motivation necessary to finish high school, enter and earn a degree from a college or university. The students selected for the Higher Education Consortium (HEC) Upward Bound program must have the desire, determination and commitment to participate in all activities and training.

 The Higher Education Consortium of Metropolitan St. Louis's mission is to enhance student access to and achievement in higher education. HEC Upward Bound is designed to help students improve their academic performance and be prepared to enroll and graduate from a college or university of their choice. Parent involvement is important to student academic achievement. We also provide support to parents to assist them in helping their student. HEC Upward Bound is housed on the St. Louis Community College at Forest Park campus.


Upward Bound is 100% federally funded by the U. S. Department of Education for eligible high school students who aspire toward higher education. Upward Bound is part of the TRiO family of federally funded programs.


Contact Us

Mr. Kevin Todd

Program Director

TRIO Upward Bound

St. Louis Community College

William J. Harrison

Education Center

St. Louis, MO 63106

Phone: 314-810-2485


Office Hours: 8:30a - 5:00p

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  • Program Services
    Middle School Services Enrichment and character-building Interactive sessions on College Readiness and Career Development Academic Development and Coaching Prepare for high school transition through summer enrichment program (8th graders) Educational activities that enhance learning and sharpen skills Field trips and college tours that develop college mindset High School Services Developing Skills to Help Improve Grades Interest Inventory and Career Identification "Right Fit" for College College Tours and Visits Assistance with Admissions Applications FAFSA Completion and Scholarship Searches ​ACT PREP
  • Eligibility
    The TRiO Educational Talent Search program sponsored by the Higher Educational Consortium of Greater St. Louis is a federally funded pre-collegiate program that helps students gain access to college. Most of our students: Attend St. Louis Public Schools Are city residents Are potentially first in their family to go to college Have low-moderate income Would you like for your child to have greater exposure to new educational experiences and improved access to education beyond high school?​Take a moment right now to complete our application. It's FREE!
  • Areas/Schools Served
    St. Louis Public Schools Target Area Schools: Carr Lane Middle School Compton Drew Middle School Gateway Middle School Gateway STEM High School Clyde C. Miller Career Academy Sumner High School Vashon High School

Program Outcomes

2.5+ cumulative
grade point average
Proficient level on the state assessments in reading/language arts and math
Participants will continue in school for the next academic school year, at the next grade level or will have graduated from a secondary school with a degree
Graduating seniors will enroll in a program of post secondary education this fall
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