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Upward Bound Project

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Kean University's College of Natural Applied and Health Sciences offers an intensive Saturday and summer six week residential program for students beginning in the 9th grade. The Upward Bound Project is one of the eight Federal TRIO Programs designed to identify and provide students from low income families and students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree with the skills and motivation to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

Participant Eligibility:
Eligible students are 9th and 10th graders who attend public schools in East Orange and Elizabeth. Each student must be on track and enrolled in college preparatory math. Each student must meet the Federal TRIO Program guidelines.

Program tuition is sponsored by the US Department of Education, Kean University and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Project Location:
Program activities will be held on the Kean University campus located in Union, NJ and the target high schools. The academic component is held during the months of September-May. The summer residential component will be held during the months of June -August.

Program Schedule:
There are 24 Saturdays during the academic year and a six week residential component during the summer.

Program Design:
The academic year and Saturday classes will include courses in math, science, science labs, foreign
language, literature, corporate mentoring, and, tutoring, SAT/ACT preparation and financial literacy.
Participants are provided college/university tours, parent/student financial aid workshops, career
workshops and cultural enrichment activities, along with individual and group counseling. Assistance
with the college application and college match process is also provided. Classes are taught by Kean
University administration, faculty, professional staff, and professionals from the public and
corporate sector. Students participate in the program until they graduate from high school.

Application Procedures:
Applications are with the target high school guidance counselors or you may contact the program
office to request an Upward Bound application.
Completed applications will be reviewed by the Upward Bound Admissions Committee. Applicants
who the Upward Bound Admissions Committee recommends will be contacted for a personal
interview with their parent(s) or legal guardian. The applicant will be notified in writing of their
acceptance three weeks after the interview.
Accepted participants and their parents and/or legal guardian must attend annual program
orientation and workshops to understand the expectations and requirements of the program along
with the college attainment process. Completed applications must be received on or before
September 1 of each academic year. For additional information you can contact the Program
Director, Veronica Jackson at 908 737-3618 or email,

Project Staff:
Trevor Ramkissoon, Counselor
908 737-3619


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