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Upward Bound

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our Program

Upward Bound Program

Welcome to Upward Bound at Hughes Elite Scholars, a transformative program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education under the federal TRIO initiative. Our mission is to empower high school students from low-income families and or those who will be the first generation in their family to attend college, guiding them towards academic excellence and higher education pursuits.

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Upward Bound Counselor

Welcome to Upward Bound at Hughes Elite Scholars, a program designed to make a meaningful impact, supported by the U.S. Department of Education through the federal TRIO initiative. Our purpose is to support high school students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds or who will be the first in their families to pursue higher education. We’re here to empower them, guiding towards academic success and encouraging their pursuit of higher education.

Our Programs

Apply Today: Unlocking Opportunities

Join Upward Bound today and unlock a world of opportunities for academic growth and personal development. As a participant, you’ll benefit from a range of rewards designed to support your educational journey:

Our mission extends beyond academic success; we strive to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in post-secondary education. With a year-round support program, we cater to students from diverse backgrounds, including those who are limited English proficient, students with disabilities, and students facing housing insecurity or foster care challenges.


Academic Year Support

Building Confidence

During the academic year, Upward Bound provides comprehensive support to help students excel in their studies. Certified teachers offer tutorial sessions in core subjects such as English, mathematics, science, and foreign language, supplemented by personal, career, and academic counseling. Monthly workshops and Saturday sessions further enhance students’ scholastic confidence, offering a holistic perspective on life and education.

Academic Year

Students receive tutorial sessions by certified teachers after school. The core curriculum subject areas for tutorial sessions are: English/literature, mathematics, science, foreign language and college preparatory courses. Personal, career, and academic counseling is also provided. Additional academic instruction and workshops are held once a month on Saturdays at the perspective schools. Attending weekly tutorial and Saturday sessions builds scholastic confidence and provides students with an holistic perspective of life.


Summer Enrichment

Seizing Opportunities

Experience a head start on the academic year with our summer enrichment program. Participate in a three-week commuter phase at a college or university, followed by a two-week residential experience on campus. Daily workshops and seminars led by certified teachers and community leaders provide valuable insights and skills to thrive in higher education.

Summer Program

Each summer, UB students who have good standing with program expectations will attend a three-week commuter phase at a participating college/university. While attending, participants will gain a head start on the core curriculum areas for the coming academic school year. The second phase is a two week-long residential experience at a participating college/university in Mecklenburg or surrounding county. Participants reside on campus and have access to all educational and recreational facilities. Daily workshops/seminars are conducted by certified teachers and community leaders


Bridge to Success

Paving the Way

Upon high school graduation, Upward Bound students can transition seamlessly to college with our Summer Bridge program, earning up to six free college credits. Even after entering college, our program continues to support students for five years, offering guidance and resources to navigate college life and career opportunities.

Bridge Program

Upon high school graduation, UB students can earn up to six (free) college credits by enrolling in the UB Summer Bridge program (this is only for prior UB students). After students graduate from high school and enter college, the UB program will continue to make contact with students for five years. If the student has dropped out and desires to go back, UB will assist them through community resources for college reentry. All UB students will be recommended to the federal program, (SSS) Student Support Services to assist in navigating college life, course advising, career internships and options after graduation.


Services Provided: 

  • Academic Tutoring Advisement
  • Educational Support
  • Enrichment Activities & Program
  • Study & Test-taking skills
  • Mentoring & Counseling
  • College Visits & Career Exploration
  • Access to technology & Community
  • Cultural & Social Field Trips & Events
  • Test Prep Workshops (SAT/ACT)
  • College Advisement & Application Workshops
  • Financial Aid Workshops & Advisement
  • Team-building & Experimental Learning
  • Leadership & Character Development
  • Exciting six-week Summer Enrichment Program

A Comprehensive Approach

Our commitment to student success extends beyond academics. Our comprehensive services include academic tutoring, educational support, enrichment activities, mentoring, college visits, financial aid workshops, leadership development, and more. We believe in nurturing well-rounded individuals prepared to excel in all aspects of life.

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Who Can Join?

Upward Bound welcomes 9th to 11th-grade students who demonstrate academic potential and meet specific criteria, including GPA requirements, family income guidelines, attendance records, and citizenship status. Participation is free for all eligible students, ensuring equal access to transformative educational opportunities.

Upward Bound Eligibility:

  • 9th – 11th grade students.
  • The applicant must provide evidence of a 2.0 grade point average in academic courses.
  • Students who come from a family meeting the federal income guidelines.
  • Students must be an excellent school citizen with a good attendance record.
  • Students who are potentially first-generation (neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree).
  • Students who are U. S. citizens, permanent residents or can provide evidence of intent to become a permanent resident.
  • Students must attend the participating schools or live in targeted area: Rocky River High School, East Mecklenburg High School, Harding University High School, Ashbrook High School, Albermarle High School, North Rowan High School, Salisbury High School and Hunter Huss High School.
  • Upward Bound is FREE to all participants.

Feel free to contact & reach us !!

Have questions or want to learn more about Hughes Elite Scholars? Feel free to reach out to us:

Join us in making a difference in the lives of aspiring scholars and building a brighter future through education.

Address :

10150 Mallard Creek Rd. Unit 106, Charlotte, North Carolina 28262

Call Us:

Phone Number: (704) 549-0919