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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Upward Bound

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Upward Bound
  • One West University Blvd.
  • Brownsville, TX 78521
  • Eddie Armendariz
  • Learning Instructional Specialist II
  • (956) 882-3846

Program Description

Upward Bound is one of eight Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) offering outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO programs are targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

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 Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.

Services Provided

  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 200
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Texas A & M University-College Station
  • Texas State University
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio