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TRIO Upward Bound


Upward Bound, a federal TRIO grant, was originally developed from the Educational Opportunity Act of 1964. Created as a result of the War on Poverty, Upward Bound was designed to increase the success of low-income students in post-secondary education. Carl Sandburg College received its first TRIO Upward Bound grant in the Fall of 1999.  Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, the Sandburg Upward Bound program entered its fourth grant cycle.


The program, which serves Abingdon, Galesburg, Knoxville, and ROWVA school districts in Knox County, is designed to help high school students excel in secondary and post-secondary education. 65 Knox County area high school students, grades 9-12,  are served by Upward Bound on an annual basis.  Once a student has been selected to participate in the program, he or she will continue to receive Upward Bound services throughout their high school career.  Limited follow-up services are provided as Upward Bound staff track program graduates as they complete their postsecondary education.


Participants of TRIO Upward Bound attend all functions and activities at no cost to them.


How to Join TRIO Upward Bound

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States attending high school at 1 of the 4 high schools served in Knox County, IL;
  • Meet income eligibility guidelines and/or
  • Be a first-generation college bound student (meaning neither parent with whom you reside holds a four year college degree); and
  • Complete the Upward Bound application process (the Upward Bound application period runs from February to April

For the fiscal year 2017, the Carl Sandburg College TRIO Upward Bound program is 100% funded through the U.S. Dep't. of Education in the amount of $270,375.