UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
UPWARD BOUND CLASSIC (UBC)
The UBC Vision:
To establish the University of Delaware’s Upward Bound Classic Program as the national model of excellence and outstanding college preparatory services.
The UBC Team
Program Director: Dr. John France
Project Coordinator: Nafatari Manigault, MEd
The UBC Program Values:
Obligation to Scholastic Success, Respect, Maintain Professionalism, Good Etiquette, Integrity, Persistence, Diversity, Accountability, Loyalty, Perseverance
Our mission is to promote each young scholar’s educational experience by providing a series of specialized college preparatory services including tutoring, mentoring, advising, programming, college courses, and on-campus experiences with research faculty to increase student persistence and graduation from high school, and a practical chance to enroll and graduate from a post-secondary institution.
- To encourage students to develop consistent patterns of analytical thinking
- To encourage students to seek learning for enjoyment and information
- To expand students intellectual, cultural, and social growth
- To contribute to the development of a positive self-image
- To familiarize students with college selection, admission requirements, and financial aid process
- To assist students with career exploration, provide an overview of the world of work, and prepare students for career decision-making.
Upward Bound Classic History
The University of Delaware’s Upward Bound Classic Program is federally funded through the U.S Department of Education. The program provides a supportive and educational resource to assist students in navigating the college admissions process. We offer numerous services to inform students and parents, while working directly with public school districts, towards achieving educational success and development.
Our services and activities foster the student’s understanding of what is required to succeed in college. They also encourage students to assess and realize their personal skills, abilities, strengths, and capacities. As staff our goal is to guide, inform, and instruct, while encouraging students’ academic, personal and professional success.
Program Format: Academic Year and Summer Academy
The University of Delaware Upward Bound Classic Program is divided into two components. The academic year program is a series of specialized tutoring, workshops, and campus visits that happen once a month on a Saturday. Students in the program are also given guidance from the Academic Program Coordinator who meets with them quarterly to assess the student’s academic growth and any needs for improvement.
- Academic-skill enhancement and social development through 8-month afterschool and Saturday academies
- Rigorous 6-week summer residential and commuter academic and career enrichment experiences
- Weekly tutorial support
- Comprehensive college preparation support and college tours
- Educational and cultural enrichment workshops and activities
- College/University Campus Visits
- Academic, Career, and Personal Counseling
- Test Preparation: PSAT, SAT, ACT
- Parent services to address challenges families face in supporting students
The summer component is a mandatory six-week summer institute where students are exposed to college-level classes and student life experiences led by highly trained faculty and staff. Students commute and reside on campus during this time.
The program is FREE to the students and their families. A grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education provides for all student room and board expenses, instructional support, tuition fees, and a weekly stipend for each student during the summer program.
Students become eligible during the Spring of their 8th-grade year. We also recruit current 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students who are interested in going to a four-year college or university, and who qualify for a federal TRIO program.
Christiana High School
Newark High School
Glasgow High School
John Dickinson High School
Thomas McKean High School
Federal guidelines define TRIO qualifications as students who come from a low-income family (as defined by the federal guidelines) and/or students who have parents/guardians who have not received a four-year college degree.
In addition, students must come from one of the following target schools:
Upward Bound Classic serves high school students from:
- Low-income families
- High school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree also known as First-Generation Students
- Have demonstrated an academic need
Step One – Complete Our Application (click here):
Once we have received your student application we will e-mail your guidance counselor and request a recommendation, most recent report card, state Assessments, and official transcripts.
Applicant’s Status: All newly accepted Upward Bound Classic Scholars will be notified of their application status via mail and e-mail. If you have any questions or concerns you may contact our office at Nafatari@udel.edu or by phone (302) 831-6667
Upward Bound Classic Class of 2021 were accepted to over 400 universities and colleges with 10 of our scholars earning betweeen $500k-$1million+ in scholarsips and grant funding. With 15 of our students admitted to the University of Delaware and all recieved partial of full scholarship to attend.
A Summer with UBC
During the 2019-2020 project year, Upward Bound:
- Helped 2020 graduates earn over $1 million in scholarship funds
- Provided 5000 hours of tutoring, SAT prep, and writing assistance
- Held three online SAT prep boot camps where 80% of juniors improved their scores by one or more points
- Guided program students in earning college credits through dual enrollment
- Planned and executed 30+ online co-curricular workshops and events.
- Observed 92% of our graduates enrolled and accepted into Udel.
- 100% of program students graduated or moved on to the next grade level.
Our Scholars Are Amazing…Join Us
In addition to primary and career exploration services, Upward Bound also provided the following remote programs in summer 2020:
Virtual Summer Academy (52 students)
Online dual enrollment course (7 students)
Online SAT/ACT Prep Course (20 students)
Online SAT Prep Boot Camp (20 students)
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