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2019-  UAPB Upward Bound Cultural Enrichment/College Tour- Washington 

History of TRiO

The history of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration’s War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960’s, the term “TRIO” was coined to describe these federal programs.

Program Description

Upward Bound is a federally funded program for low income and/or first-generation college-bound high school students who could benefit from academic support and may need increased motivation to realize their potential. There are over 600 Upward Bound programs across the nation. Our program is designed to generate the academic skills and motivation that will enable each participant to complete a secondary educational program, subsequently gain admission to and successfully complete a post-secondary training program.

The project provides academic tutoring, counseling, career orientation, and cultural and social enrichment activities to 76 high school students (grades 9-12) from the Dollarway, Pine Bluff, and Watson Chapel School Districts in Jefferson County.

The primary responsibility of the program is to provide successful learning experiences tailored to meet the individual academic, cultural, social and vocational needs of each participant within an atmosphere that allows intellectual, physical, and emotional development. Upward Bound strives to provide worthwhile activities which will challenge each participant to achieve his or her fullest potential.

Services Provided by Upward Bound

During the Academic Year (September – May) students meet monthly for academic enrichment which includes:

  • Academic instruction in Math, English, and Reading
  • Computer Coding
  • ACT Testing
  • Assistance in FAFSA Completion
  • Career Orientation
  • Financial Literacy Workshop
  • Scholarship Information
  • Academic Tutoring

During the six-week Summer Immersion Component (June-July) participants reside on the UAPB Campus and receive the following:

  • Academic instruction in English, Math, Science, Foreign Languages, Computer Technology, and Wellness
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
  • Work Study
  • Recreational Activities
  • Cultural Enrichment /College Tours

Students participating in the program will receive stipends for participation and positive academic progress.

Upon high school graduation, seniors may participate in a Summer Bridge Program. This program allows students to enroll in up to six (6) hours of college credit courses. Tuition, fees, and books will be paid in full by the Upward Bound Program.\


The Upward Bound program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is committed to serving the academic, developmental and social needs of eligible students and families in our community, and strives to encourage and support student success in high school and college.


Empowering students and families with the academic support needed to be successful throughout their educational experience.

Upward Bound Staff


Program Project Director
Mrs. Tenita Shannon-Gragg   
Phone: 870-575-8518


Project Program Specialist              

Ms. Angela Paskel

Phone:  870-575-8519


Administrative Specialist 

Ms. Naomi Edwards  

Phone:  870-575-8517



(PDF)- Print and Return Options

Mail to: Upward Bound- University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, 1200 N. University Dr. 

Slot #4914, Pine Bluff, AR 71601

Fax to: (870) 575-5646

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On-Line Applications (need the ability to save and return to)

Online applications will be returned to Ms. Naomi Edwards (

Cultural Enrichment and College Tours
Cultural Enrichment and College Tours