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.

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Ms. L. Renee Graves, 

Program Director

TRIO Upward Bound

5600 Oakland Blvd. G-311

St. Louis, MO 63110

Phone: 314.951.9477


Office Hours: 8:30a - 5:00p

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Program Services

The Academic Component begins in October and ends in May. Students take classes that will provide additional academic support and development on two Saturdays of each month at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. HEC Upward Bound students receive tutoring, ACT/SAT preparation, personal and career guidance, assistance with financial aid and the college admissions process.

The Summer Component is a six-week educational program. Students attend academic classes Monday through Friday on the campus of St. Louis Community College-Forest Park and participate in fine arts, recreational, and cultural activities. The summer concludes each year with a college tour where students travel to selected cities to get information, tour campuses, interact with college students and gain a better understanding about college.

Participant Eligibility Criteria

HEC Upward Bound is a federally funded educational program. All of the services provided by HEC Upward Bound are FREE. The Federal Government sets the guidelines for eligibility. To be eligible for Upward Bound, a student must meet U.S. Department of Education taxable income guidelines. Additionally, HEC Upward Bound students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be first generation college bound (neither parent living in home has four year degree)
  2. Be taking a college prep curriculum
  3. Have a 2.5 G.P.A. in high school
  4. Display potential to succeed at the postsecondary level
  5. Attend a SLPS target school or live in the surrounding area
  6. Participate in all services and activities

Schools Served

  • Gateway STEM High School
  • Vashon High School
  • Sumner High School
  • Carnahan Careers of the Future High School
  • Confluence Preparatory Academy
  • Clyde C. Miller Career Academy
  • And surrounding area schools

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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