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Upward Bound

The purpose of Upward Bound is to reinforce the academic skills and generate the personal motivation necessary to complete a college education. Specifically, the program is designed to improve high school performance and graduation rates, as well as the rate at which students enroll in and graduate from a college of their choice.

How is Upward Bound funded?

The program is funded through a multi-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. There is no cost to participating students or their schools for UB services.

Target Area of Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Program on the Harding University campus is funded to serve 65 high school students within White and Woodruff counties. Specific high school districts served during the 2012-2017 grant cycle are Augusta, Bald Knob, McCrory, Pangburn, Riverview, and White County Central. Students residing in those counties or enrolled at one of the target schools may apply for admission.

Who is eligible for Upward Bound Program services?

"Students must have completed the 8th grade, be between the ages of 13 and 19, and have a need for academic support in order to pursue a program of postsecondary education. All students must be either from low-income families or be potential first-generation college students. The program requires that two-thirds of the participants in a project must be both low-income and potential first-generation college students. The remaining one-third must be either low-income or potential first-generation college students. Students are selected based on recommendations from local educators, social workers, clergy, or other interested parties." For further details...

Interested students may request information from the Upward Bound Program offices on the Harding University campus. Information is also available in the high school counselors’ offices.

HU UB Phone: 501-279-4170
HU UB Fax: 501-279-4169

Most students will be enrolled during their 9th grade year. Since participants are encouraged to remain with the program through high school graduation and college enrollment there will be a limited number of new students accepted each year.

Interested students complete an application package and submit it through their high school counselors to the Upward Bound Director. When the Upward Bound staff verifies that all qualifications have been met a personal interview is arranged for the student and a parent(s). Students that meet all qualifications, including academic goals and willingness to commit, are invited to become a part of the Upward Bound Program (based on the number of openings available).

Schedule

The Harding University Upward Bound Program is set to meet 14 Saturdays during the Academic Year. The typical Saturday begins at 9:00 and ends at 2:00. UB Students participate in ACT preparation, End of Course preparation, tutoring sessions, have lunch in the Harding University cafeteria and attend a workshop during the day. Workshop topics vary throughout the year with guest speakers leading most workshops.

Academic Year - From September through May, participants will spend 14 Saturdays on the Harding campus. The primary focus of these visits will be academic tutoring. Students also participate in workshops on a broad range of topics including study skills, social skills, learning styles, test taking strategies and interpersonal relationships. Students from outlying districts are provided transportation. Upward Bound provides Saturday lunch to students (at no charge to students) in the Harding University cafeteria.

Meeting Dates for 2014 / 2015

August 30

September 13 

September 27

October 11

November 1

November 8

December 6

Semester break

January 24

February 7

February 21

March 21

April 11

April 25

May 30

 

Summer Academy Component - Upward Bound students completing the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades attend a 6 week program in the summer. The Summer Academy is designed to simulate the "college" experience. Students live in the dorms on the Harding University campus, attend social events, eat in the university cafeteria, participate in field trips and enjoy various recreational activities. Most importantly students attend classes during the day Monday-Friday that consist of supplemental instruction in the high school curriculum. One goal of the Summer Academy is for each student to develop the tools needed to excel in the following school year.

2015 Summer Academy

Tentative dates for Summer Academy 2015 are June 7 through July 17

 

Summer Bridge Component - Following high school graduation qualifying UB participants will be encouraged to enroll in the first summer term at Harding University. Upward Bound pays all tuition and fees, as well as room and board charges, for the term. Tutors are supplied to support the "Bridge" students in their transition from high school to college. Bridge students have the opportunity to participate in most Summer Academy activities alongside the other UB students.

 

UB Special Activities

The HU Upward Bound enjoys the Harding University Homecoming musical together in the fall (2009 - Scrooge; 2010 - Thoroughly Modern Millie; 2011 - Annie; 2012 - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; 2013 - Pirates, A Pillaging of Gilbert and Sullivan) plus HU Spring Sing during the spring semester. We also attend HU American Studies Institute events together (eg. Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika, Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia).

UB Activities

Past summer trips (Traditional 6th week of Summer Academy)

2014 Summer Trip - Dallas, Texas

2013 Summer Trip - Memphis, Tennessee

2012 Summer Trip - Dallas, Texas

2011 Summer Trip - Branson, Missouri

2010 Summer Trip - Atlanta, Georgia

 

Important Permanent Reminders

Don't forget to bring grade reports as you receive them.
Don't forget to bring ACT scores (and other standardized test scores) as you receive them.


Attendance Policy

Upward Bound activities cannot benefit you if you are absent. Students are allowed 3 excused and 2 unexcused absences during the Academic Year. Don't let too many absences damage your UB future. Abuse of the Attendance Policy may result in your dismissal from the UB Program.

You must submit written excuses within 2 weeks of the absence. You may bring the excuses to the next UB scheduled activity or you may mail them to the UB offices. See Contact Us info below.

Learning Express

Access to Learning Express is limited to approved Harding University Upward Bound participants. HUUB participants will receive the Group Username and Password to enter below. Individually created Usernames and Passwords will be entered upon entering the Learning Express Library home page.

Never, Never, Never Give Up... Learning. 

Scholarships

Access to Tuition Funding Sources is provided for Harding University Upward Bound participants.   Approved HUUB participants will create individual usernames and passwords.  Use this source to search for scholarships and grants to help pay for your college degree! 

Never, Never, Never Give Up

For questions about access to the Tuition Funding Sources, please contact the HU Upward Bound office at 501-279-4170.

Meet our Staff
Katrina Smeltzer

Director
Katrina Smeltzer, M.S.E.
B.A. in Social Work from Harding University, M.S.E from UCA in Conway
Phone: 501-279-4171
E-mail: ksmeltze@harding.edu
Office: American Studies Building, Room 219

Lynn Smeltzer

Academic Coordinator
Lynn Smeltzer, M.A.T.
B.S. Engineering from Oklahoma State University, M.A. Teaching from Harding University, Licensed Arkansas Teacher in Secondary Math
Phone: 501-279-4118
E-mail: lsmeltze@harding.edu
Office: American Studies Building, Room 215

LaNelle StampsServices/Technical Coordinator
LaNelle Stamps, B.S.
Business Management from Harding University
Phone: 501-279-4188
E-mail: ystamps@harding.edu
Office: American Studies Building, Room 213
  
  
  

Upward Bound students - how you can help US help YOU!

Maintaining the funding for Upward Bound is dependent on submitting statistical reports. The UB Staff will maintain contact with students after their high school graduation until they have completed college or some other form of post-secondary education. The staff cannot remain in contact with students... if we don't know where you are. If you are a HUUB graduate please fill out the Alumni Tracking form below with your current contact info! We appreciate your help. By keeping us up-to-date on your progress you are helping provide UB opportunities to other high school students.

For Upward Bound Alumni Only
Your Info
First Name:
Middle Name:
Last Name:
Maiden Name:
High School Graduation Year:
High School Name:
Current Contact Info
Current Address:
Current City:
Current Zip:
Current Phone:
Current Cell Phone:
Current Email:
Permanent Contact Info
(someone that will always know where you are - e.g. parents)
First Name:
Last Name:
Address:
City:
Zip:
Phone:
Relationship:
Educational Tracking Data
Current Educational Status:
attending college
attending vocational/technical training
not attending college or vocational training
completed college or vocational training
Degree Completion Data
Current Degree Completion Status:
If degree completed, please give us details on degree
Name of college where degree earned:
Location of college:
Date of degree:
Major:
Final degree earned (ex. BA in Education):
 

Contact Us

Upward Bound is a part of the Center for Student Success.
501-279-4170

FAX: 501-279-4169

Physical location
Harding University campus
American Studies Building
See Campus Map

Mailing address
Upward Bound Program
Harding University
HU Box 12275
Searcy, AR 72149-2275