Upward Bound for Veterans & High School Students

TRIO Upward Bound


What is TRIO Upward Bound at USM?

TRIO Upward Bound at the University of Southern Maine (UB at USM) assists high school students in graduating from high school, preparing for success in college, and graduating from college within six years of enrolling. We provide high school students with:

  • Personalized planning and support combined with a wide array of challenging activities and opportunities to help students gain the experience and skills needed for academic and personal success in high school and college
  • A working partnership with students, their families, and school staff to help students achieve their own aspirations of successfully graduating from college
  • Year-round academic support for students  through weekly school meetings and summer courses
  • An opportunity for students to develop open minds, self-confidence, creativity, and persistence, as well as communication and leadership skills.


Who does TRIO Upward Bound serve?

TRIO Upward Bound at USM serves 64 high school students from Massabesic, Westbrook, and Sacopee Valley High Schools and 63 students from Biddeford and Sanford High Schools.

Eligible students must meet at least one of several possible criteria based on factors such as parent education and family income. If you have questions about whether or not you are eligible, please fill out an application or contact our office at 207-780-5203 for more information.


What do you do at TRIO Upward Bound?

All students participate in academic year activities until they graduate from high school. Typically during the summers after each school year, students attend the residential UB Summer Academy for a one-week intensive program or a five-week academic program. 


What is the cost of TRIO Upward Bound?

NOTHING! Upward Bound at USM pays for all academic year and summer academy costs (room (housing), board (meals), courses, field trips, tutoring, and books through its grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Services are provided at no cost to students and their parents. In addition, students are eligible for college application fee waivers and SAT/ACT fee waivers.


How do I apply for TRIO Upward Bound?

To be considered for acceptance into the TRIO Upward Bound Program, you must complete an application and return it to the school counseling office at your high school or apply online. Apply Here.


Useful links

Finance Authority of Maine (FAME): https://www.famemaine.com/

Fastweb: https://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships

Unigo: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships

Scholarships.com: https://www.scholarships.com/scholarship-search


UB at USM also maintains its own website of resources and calendars for participants and their families. If you would like the link to the site, please contact your UB advisor.