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Upward Bound

The Upward Bound program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, assists low-income, first-generation college-bound students enrolled in the Benton Harbor High School district with the skills and motivation necessary to complete high school, enroll in, and graduate from a post-secondary institution with a bachelor's degree.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

- Aristotle

The program provides:

  • nine months of educational and social/cultural activities
  • counseling (academic and personal)
  • a six-week summer academic institute
  • college and university campus visits

The program has two components: (1) Academic Year and (2) Summer Academic Institute. Program participants are required to attend both components each year, until graduation from high school.

Contact the Upward Bound office, located in Room B-306, for more information, or call (269) 927-8774.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the LMC Upward Bound Program, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • be a ninth-, tenth-, eleventh- or twelfth-grader attending Benton Harbor Area Schools district;
  • meet the income eligibility criteria as established by the U.S. Department of Education and/or come from a family in which neither parent (living in the home) has a bachelor's degree and/or have an academic need as defined by the U.S. Department of Education; and
  • take the Lake Michigan College Placement Test.
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