What Do We Do?

Regular Upward Bound Project (RUB) provides fundamental support services to low-income students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The project assists RUB students in their preparation for college entrance and completion. The project provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and, ultimately, higher education pursuits.

What is the Cost?

Program services are free to participants. In addition, the RUB participants may receive a stipend for satisfactory participation. However, addition funds may be required from program participants for other extracurricular activities.

Services We Provide

The Upward Bound Project provides support, motivation, and encouragement to stimulate each student's educational achievement and to prepare students for the pursuit of post-secondary education.





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Upward Bound Services include:

  • Summer Residential Program with instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Hands-on college-prep projects & activities
  • Instruction & tutorial assistance to improve mathematics, reading, writing, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school
  • Academic and financial advising
  • Exposure to cultural events and other educational activities not unusually available to low-income youth
  • Exploration of a range of career and college options
  • Assistance in completing college entrance, scholarship searches, and financial aid applications
  • Assistance in researching and selecting a post-secondary educational institution
  • Community-building opportunities
  • Mentoring and shadowing program
  • Leadership enhancement

Eligible Participants must be:

  • Ninth or tenth grade status and currently enrolled in Lincoln High, North Star, or Northeast
  • At the time of initial selection, have completed the eighth grade
  • Potential first-generation college students (neither parent has earned a bachelor's degree) and/or meet federal guidelines for low income status
  • Recommended by both a school official and a representative of the local neighboring community (church, social service agencies, community leaders, and youth sports program leaders)
  • Demonstrated potential for academic success
  • In need for academic support, as determined by the grantee
  • Demonstrate motivation and desire to attend a post-secondary education institution