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Fort Valley State University (Upward Bound)

  • Fort Valley State University (Upward Bound)
  • 1005 University Drive
    Bywaters Building- Rm 111
  • Fort Valley , GA 31030
  • LaVasa Parks
  • Director
  • 478-825-6965

Program Description

Program Mission:

The mission of Upward Bound is to provide supplemental academic instructions, cultural and social enrichment activities to high school students who meet federal eligibility criteria thereby increasing the rate at which they complete high school and enroll and graduate from college.

Services Provided:

Upward Bound is a federally funded grant program supported by Fort Valley State University. The program provides:

  • Supplemental academic classes on Saturdays and six-week summer residential session.
  • Tutorial services in target schools, designated locations in the communities and/or on FVSU campus.
  • Curricula to target acquisition of skills necessary for high school graduation.
  • Offer workshops, senior seminars, developmental training sessions; career and health fairs to enhance students' academic and personal skills (i.e., computer instruction, college admission, financial aid, college survival, and career awareness workshops).
  • College tours, cultural trips and social activities.
  • Summer work-study positions within campus departments and community offices.

Who Is Eligible?

High School students who meet the income and/or first-generation requirements and live in Macon and Peach counties.

Students must have completed the 8th grade but have not yet completed the 11th grade; and, they must have a need for academic support in order to pursue a program of post-secondary education.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • American Indian or Native Alaskan: 0%
  • White: 1%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 0%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 1%
  • African American: 68%

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • Between 50% and 75%