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University of Alaska Anchorage, TRIO Upward Bound

  • Kaitlin DeMarcus
  • Program Director
  • (907) 786-4520

Program Description

TRIO Upward Bound (UB) is a federally funded college access program that serves high school students from low-income backgrounds and who may be the first-generation in their families to complete a bachelor's degree. University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) was recently awarded two new UB grants serving students in grades 9-12 at West and Bartlett High Schools in the Anchorage School District.

UB prepares students to successfully complete high school and enroll in postsecondary education by providing academic advising, career exploration, tutoring, college planning, college tours, cultural enrichment experiences, leadership opportunities and more. The program also emphasizes academic preparation in science, math, world languages and literature by offering a highly challenging and engaging academic summer component. Graduating seniors who intend to enroll in college immediately after high school will have the opportunity to complete a summer bridge program meant to facilitate the transition to college. All services are offered at no cost to the participant.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%