Programs

Meriwether/Talbot Upward Bound Program

The Morehouse College Meriwether/Talbot Upward Bound Program serves 73 eligible students enrolled in target high schools in Meriwether and Talbot counties. The program enhances study habits and collaborative skills for those potential students who need assistance. Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income first-generation families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. Upward Bound's goal is to increase the number of participants who completed secondary education and enrolled in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

Mission

Upward Bound is a federally funded program designed to develop those skills necessary for success in post-secondary education. The program at Morehouse College provides 73 students from Meriwether/Talbot counties. Students representing diverse cultural, social, and economic backgrounds with the following opportunities:

  • Experience academic and personal growth through an intellectual challenge
  • Explore career options and possible college majors by visiting corporations and university/college campuses
  • Develop self-management and leadership skills
  • Attend cultural and recreational activities

The program also assists in college admissions, financial aid, scholarship, and standardized test preparation processes.

Philosophy

Students and staff of the Upward Bound Program believe that motivation is the prerequisite for learning. Consequently, Upward Bound doesn't just teach to, but instead "turns on" students to the real world. Upward Bound seeks to use each student's strengths with the hope that they will discover the values of education and themselves.

Vision

The Upward Bound Program encourages participants in a highly motivational, experiential curriculum promoting cross-cultural understanding and global awareness by applying intensive language development, computer technology, visual art, and social science instruction. The summer residential component will provide a nurturing learning environment that stresses a holistic concern for the students' social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual well-being.

Eligibility
  • Student in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade at Greenville High, Manchester High, and Central High
  • Meet federal government guidelines as a low-income, first-generation student
Curriculum

The program provides English/composition, literature, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, foreign language (Spanish), computer literacy, and social studies. Students conduct research in various areas.

Program Benefits
  • Fall and Summer Stipend
  • College Visitation
  • Workshop and Seminars
  • Tutoring Services
  • Apply for free for SAT, ACT, and College Application
  • Cultural Trips
  • Work-Study
  • Community Service
  • Free
 Forms
Staff

Walter Gilstrap
Program Manager
walter.gilstrap@morehouse.edu
(470) 639-0583

Elaine Lyons
Administrative Assistant
elaine.lyons@morehouse.edu
(470) 639-0820

Sponsor

The U.S. Department of Education