Introducing Upward Bound Classic (UBC)

Overview of Upward Bound TRiO Programs

Upward Bound Programs (UBP) are federally funded programs designed to assist students in developing the academic skills and personal growth necessary for successful completion of high school and admission to a four-year university. Upward Bound Programs at the University of Delaware are for New Castle County area high school students and parts of Maryland (UB Math and Science only) who demonstrate a strong desire to complete higher education. These programs supplement students’ high school experience with academic preparation, career exploration, and cultural/social-development opportunities. UBP consists of Upward Bound Classic and Upward Bound Math & Science.

University of Delaware Upward Bound Classic (UBC) 

Upward Bound Classic provides fundamental support to participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits, including preparation for college admission. The goal of Upward Bound Classic is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education (high school) and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education (college).

How will Classic UBC’s services help me?

Upward Bound Classic will help you:

  • Increase your self-confidence concerning enrolling in a college or university
  • Improve your study skills
  • Enhance your awareness of the college admissions process and student support services available on college campuses
  • Increase your knowledge of careers and career options
  • Provide you with an opportunity to live in a supervised university residence hall 
  • Provide you with an opportunity to visit other college campuses, cultural events, and have FUN!

How much does it cost?

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.


Who are Upward Bound TRiO Program graduates?

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis Upward Bound program at the University of Minnesota
James Samuel “Jimmy Jam” Harris III and Terry Steven Lewis are a team of R&B musicians/songwriters/record producers who can boast of more Billboard number ones than any other songwriting/production team in history thanks to putting stars like Janet Jackson, Bruno Mars on the map. The pair met in high school while attending an Upward Bound program on the University of Minnesota campus.

Oprah Winfrey Upward Bound Tennesee State University
Oprah Gail Winfrey is a media personality, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist, known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. She has been ranked the most wealthy African-American, lauded as the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and is currently North America’s first and only multi-billionaire black person. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. She holds degrees in Speech Communications and Performing Arts from Tennessee State University.
Patrick Ewing, Upward Bound at Wellesley College
Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player and current head coach of the Georgetown University men’s basketball team. He played most of his career as the starting center of the NBA‘s New York Knicks and also played briefly with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic. He won Olympic gold medals as a member of the 1984 and 1992 United States men’s Olympic basketball teams. In 1996 Ewing was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He is a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.[5] Additionally, he was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame as a member of the “Dream Team” in 2009. His number 33 was retired by the Knicks in 2003. His mother made certain he spent his summers focused on the Upward Bound program at Wellesley College. 
Angela Bassett Upward Bound, St. Petersburg Junior College
Angela Basset is an actress noted for her roles in biographical films. She has portrayed Tina Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993), a performance for which she won a golden globe award, and she has also portrayed Betty Shabazz in both Malcolm X (1992) and Panther (1995), Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992), Rosa Parks in The Rosa Parks Story (2002), Voletta Wallace in Notorious (2009), and Coretta Scott King in Betty and Coretta (2013). She holds a B.A.  in African-American studies from Yale and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Viola Davis Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Rhode Island College
“Upward Bound and the preparatory program made me a citizen of the world,” said Viola Davis, whose hit TV series How to Get Away with Murder begins season five next week. “It gave me perspective and it made me feel like my situation and my environment didn’t define me.”- Viola Davis is an Oscar-winning actress who is known for portraying lawyer Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder, a role for which she became the first black woman of any nationality to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2015. She holds a theater degree from Rhode Island College.

John Quinones Upward Bound program at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio 

Juan Manuel “John” Quiñones is an ABC News correspondent, and currently, the host of What Would You Do? It was during high school that Quiñones resolved to overcome Hispanic stereotyping and pursue a career in journalism. An Upward Bound program at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio helped prepare him for college-level work. John Quiñones joined ABC News in June 1982 as a general assignment correspondent based in Miami, providing reports for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and other ABC News broadcasts. He spent nearly a decade in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama and was one of the few American journalists reporting from Panama City during the U.S. invasion in December 1989.  During his 33 year tenure at ABC News, John has reported extensively for all programs and platforms and served as anchor of “Primetime.” 


Dr. Bertice Berry Upward Bound at the University of Delaware

If there were no Upward Bound Program, there would be no Dr. Bertice Berry.” Dr. Bertice Berry, a nationally syndicated talk show host, author, award-winning lecturer, and stand-up comedian was a UD Upward Bound participant and has been honored on the national level as a TRIO Achiever. “Let me just say this: TRIO programs like Upward Bound can and do make a difference in the lives of many students. Why not you?”

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