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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 Benton Harbor High School 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 C211, 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 or tenth 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
  • have a recommendation from his/her school's academic counselor.
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