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Join Upward Bound

The purpose of Upward Bound is to provide academic and personal support to high school students who are preparing to attend college. During the school year, participants attend weekly study sessions and classes designed to help improve grades and skills that will be valuable during high school and throughout college.

Benefits of the Upward Bound Program

  • Achieve higher grades and learn study skills that will carry over into college
  • Get a first-hand experience of what college will be like
  • Identify which college majors and career paths might be right for you
  • Receive assistance with college and financial aid applications

Eligibility standards

Participation in Upward Bound is open to high school students who:

  • Attend either Kankakee or St. Anne high schools
  • Are freshmen or sophomores (required)
  • Have minimum grade point averages of 2.3 (required)
  • Meet federal income guidelines OR live in households where neither parent has a four-year college degree

How to apply

  1. Stop by your school's guidance office and pick up an Upward Bound brochure or print this online Upward Bound brochure. Complete it and mail it to the Upward Bound office at KCC.
  2. Complete and mail all application materials.
  3. Request recommendations from your teachers.
  4. Attend an interview at KCC with your parents.

No cost to you!

The program is absolutely FREE. Students also earn a small weekly cash stipend for personal use.

For information

If you want more information, email Keisha Smith, program coordinator, at keishasmith@kcc.edu or phone her at 815-802-8574.