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University of Montevallo Upward Bound

  • Mary Jo Buff
  • Upward Bound Academic Coordinator

Program Description

The TRIO Upward Bound Programs are hosted by the University of Montevallo and housed in the Division of Academic Affairs and are 100% funded by grants from the US Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education. UM has hosted an Upward Bound program since 1986, In 2017 the university received three grants totaling $977,632 per year for five years for a total of $4,888,115.

The classic Upward Bound programs provide intensive college preparatory support to potential first-generation college students and/or economically disadvantaged youth to help them successfully complete high school and enter college with the skills and motivation to complete a degree. They provide supplemental education, tutoring, ACT Prep, career exploration, academic counseling, assistance with scholarship and financial aid applications, and many other services for qualified students who want to go to college.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 140
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

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


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Jefferson State Community College
  • Miles College
  • Shelton State Community College
  • Troy University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Montevallo