TRIO Upward Bound is a success!

TRIO 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 families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal of TRIO Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post secondary education.

TRIO Upward Bound hosted at Montana Technological University began in 1993 and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to serve Anaconda, Butte and Helena. TRIO Upward Bound has 69 scholars who meet weekly with a staff member. Freshmen and Sophomores focus is creating a cohort (or team) with the common goal of college success. This team builds skills to be competitive within their current coursework and merit based scholarships in the future. Juniors focus on coursework that will prepare them for success in their education beyond high school, begin to complete scholarships and college application essays. Seniors focus on dual credit courses, college applications, financial aid, housing and employment options.

Anaconda, Butte and Helena students accepted to participate in TRIO Upward Bound are called scholars. Scholars are expected to attend school regularly and achieve within the academic setting, participate in serving the community in which they live, and gain a work ethic that ensures success beyond high school. TRIO Upward Bound staff are expected to meet weekly with scholars, working with them as individuals to be successful and as a team to be motivated to do what it takes to be ready for college success. Scholars’ families are expected to ensure scholars prioritize time for TRIO Upward Bound and activities and have the resources they need to be successful in high school. High schools are expected to provide TRIO MTUB staff with the resources needed to assist in scholars’ success.

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Adam Maes 
TRIO Upward Bound Director
(406) 916-1368

Brandon McLean
TRIO Upward Bound Coordinator
Cell: (406) 970-5986

Lindsey Brittain
TRIO Upward Bound Coordinator
(406) 970-5984