South Arkansas Community College Upward Bound Program
The following information describes the Upward Bound (UB) Program, explains what it does, who
qualifies for it, the commitment participants must make, and how the selection process works.
WHAT IS UPWARD BOUND?
• UB is a federally funded program, sponsored by the Department of Education. The program
targets, select, and help qualified students that have the desire and potential to succeed in
college and reach their goals.
• ALL of the services and activities provided by UB are at NO COST to participants or their
families. The resources used are viewed as an investment in each student’s future. The UB
Program based at South Arkansas Community College (SouthArk) in El Dorado will work with
sixty-three students selected from applicants at El Dorado High School.
WHAT DOES UPWARD BOUND DO?
• The UB program assists selected participants in completing secondary school, enrolling in
post-secondary school, and completing a bachelor’s degree by providing intense academic,
career, personal, and financial advising.
• It also provides academic instruction in literacy, mathematics, social science, and science, as
well as tutorial services. Additionally, it helps participants obtain college credit courses at
SouthArk after their junior year of high school.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR UPWARD BOUND?
• Students selected for the UB program must meet family income guidelines as set forth by the
• Additionally, neither parent may possess a four-year college degree.
WHAT COMMITMENTS DO UB PARTICIPANTS MAKE? UB participants must make a commitment to the
• Meet eighteen (18) Saturdays during the academic year, students meet at SouthArk to work
with academic instructors, prepare for ACT testing, travel to college campuses, and participate
in other exciting social, recreational, and civic activities.
• Attend a six-week academic program during the summer on the SouthArk campus. As long as
they meet the requirements of the program, participants remain in Upward Bound until
graduation. UB students receive a participation stipend based on consistent participation.
• Meet once monthly for Success Seminar presented by various guest speakers.
HOW ARE PARTICIPANTS SELECTED?
• Family income and parental education. We interview qualified applicants and parents. This is
an informal and comfortable process, which takes about half an hour. Afterwards we make final
selections. Please keep in mind that we only accept 63 students.
If you have any additional questions, feel free to call Barbara Howell (870) 864-7100, Roy Williams
(870) 864-8407or Martha Dunn (870) 864-8409 or contact your student’s guidance counselor.