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RuthAnne   Shope

Montana Tech
1300 West Park
Butte, MT 59701
406.496.4693 (w)
406.491.1254 (c)
rshope@mtech.edu

Brandon   McLean

Montana Tech
1300 West Park
Butte, MT 59701
406.496.4693 (w)
406.491.3023 (c)
bmclean@mtech.edu

Cory Chenoweth

Montana Tech
1300 West Park
Butte, MT 59701
406.459.6075 (c)
cchenoweth@mtech.edu

Matt Sargent

Montana Tech
1300 West Park
Butte, MT 59701
406.565.6987 (c)
trader@mtech.edu

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Upward Bound

Who is eligible to participate in Upward Bound?

How much does it cost to participate in Upward Bound?

What is Upward Bound and why is it important?

Why would I want to participate in Upward Bound?

Will I fit in?

Where do I pick up an application?

What happens after I fill out my application?

What happens if I do not get selected this year?

Can I still apply if I am failing one or more of my classes?

What services does Upward Bound provide?

Why are parents required to submit financial information? Is this information passed on to other agencies?

What kind of commitments must families make to the program?

What is my commitment to Upward Bound?

If I am accepted into Upward Bound, will I be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities at my high school?

Can I work and participate in Upward Bound?

What are stipends and how do I get one?

Does participation in Upward Bound improve my child’s chances of getting into college?

Does Upward Bound pay for the student’s college education?

When is the summer program and why must students live on campus?

Will I receive high school credit for attending the summer program?

Who is eligible to participate in Upward Bound?

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be classified in at least one of the following categories:
    • First-generation college student (Neither parent/guardian has a four year Bachelor’s degree).
    • Meet low income guidelines

How much does it cost to participate in Upward Bound?

Nothing – there is no cost to you.

What is Upward Bound and why is it important?

Upward Bound is a federally funded program that 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 is important because it generates skills and provides motivation to students to facilitate academic success in their high school and eventually at a post-secondary institution of their choice.

Why would I want to participate in Upward Bound?

  • Students gain new experiences
  • They participate in intensive and interesting courses
  • They meet and work with new students from other schools
  • Students engage in study labs and tutorials
  • The program helps define why college is the most important step you can make as a young adult

Will I fit in?

If you want to go to college, but don’t really know all the steps it will take to get there then Upward Bound is for you. Our current students don’t have all the answers either, but they know enough to ask questions in order to get the right answers. Also, if your grades are good, but could be better, or if they are great but you want a challenge then you are in the right place. Plus, our students are an open and welcoming group of young people. Unlike high school Upward Bound students vehemently refrain from labeling or stereotyping. They realize they are all working toward the same goal; they support each other and help one another.

Where do I pick up an application?

You may fill out the online Upward Bound application or pick one up at our office, The Institute for Educational

Opportunities located on the campus at Montana Tech second floor of the Health Science building room 203 or from the UB coordinator in your school.

What happens after I fill out my application?

It is reviewed by staff and then an interview is set up to determine your level of commitment to the program.

What happens if I do not get selected this year?

If you do not get selected this year and you qualify then your records will be kept on a waiting list for the next available space. We will contact you as space opens up.

Can I still apply if I am failing one or more of my classes?

Yes, anyone can apply at any time.

What services does Upward Bound provide?

  • Private weekly tutoring if necessary
  •  Instruction, counseling and academic advisement
  • Workshops on test taking and Basic Competency Test
  •  Study skills
  • Scholarship information/Help with filling applications out
  • Financial aid availability and assistance in getting applications for college completed
  • Educational and cultural activities
  • Career guidance

Why are parents required to submit financial information? Is this information passed on to other agencies?

Upward Bound is a federally-funded program that requires proof of eligibility, which is the reason these financial documents: including tax statements, unemployment information and Social Security information, are requested. Personal information to prove eligibility is not forwarded or shared with others. All information is completely confidential.

What kind of commitments must families make to the program?

Upward Bound sees college preparation as a joint partnership with parents and the schools.

Therefore, it is important that the family unit consider the following:

  • Purpose of the program
  • Services provided
  • The time commitments for the school year and summer programs
  • The importance of open communication

What is my commitment to Upward Bound?

Students who are accepted into Upward Bound are accepted for the remainder of their high school careers provided they keep their grades up and continue to participate.

  • We ask that students attend all Upward Bound sponsored events including Saturday events.
  • Attend two summer academies.
  • Take rigorous core classes during the academic year
  • Work hard and have a positive attitude
  • Graduate high school
  • Attend a college or university and graduate.

Remember, you can’t get anything out of a program you don’t put anything into. We promise to make an investment in you education, if you promise to invest your time and energy in Upward Bound.

If I am accepted into Upward Bound, will I be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities at my high school?

We encourage students to participate in extra-curricular activities in their high schools, whether it is sports, clubs, drama or band. Although we stress commitment to the UB program, we also recognize that the best of our students are the ones who participate in various activities.

Can I work and participate in Upward Bound?

Yes, you can work, if it does not interfere with Upward Bound’s required activities and attendance.

What are stipends and how do I get one?

Students may receive stipend money (checks) each quarter to recognize their commitment and dedication to the program and is based on weekly attendance as well as Saturday attendance and quarter GPA.

Does participation in Upward Bound improve my child’s chances of getting into college?

Absolutely. Over 90% of Upward Bound students are admitted to college upon their high school graduation.

Does Upward Bound pay for the student’s college education?

No, but the program will provide advice and guidance for families on ways to make college affordable.

When is the summer program and why must students live on campus?

The summer program is held on the campus of Montana Tech and is a six week program that starts in June and goes through the middle of July. Students are enrolled in college preparatory classes four days a week which include math, literature/English, study skills/careers, science, foreign language and other elective courses. Supervised study labs, field trips, and recreational activities are intrical parts of the program and take place on the weekends.  A team of adult college students (resident advisors RA’s, and tutors) provide twenty four hour supervision in the residence halls and are available for individual tutoring and advisement. Students will live in a college residence hall for the time they are at summer academy and have a roommate. Three balanced meals per day are provided.

Will I receive high school credit for attending the summer program?

Students who complete the summer component may earn an elective credit on their high school transcript.