Upward Bound


RLC's Upward Bound program is a federally funded college preparatory program for high school students. It's designed to provide academic support, personal/career counseling, and cultural/social enrichment to participants who have the academic ability to be successful in college. Services are provided to students during the academic year, as well as a summer program and summer bridge component.

 

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Academic Year ▼

The ACADEMIC YEAR component emphasizes academic achievement, team building and goal setting activities that include:

1 Weekly tutorial sessions at the student's target high school with Upward Bound staff members.
2 Financial aid and scholarship assistance for high school seniors.
3 Monthly Saturday workshops designed to foster cultural, social, community service, academic and career skills.
4 Monthly stipend based on student’s grades, participation in program activities, attitude and behavior.

 

Summer Program ▼

The SUMMER PROGRAM is the most intensive aspect of the Upward Bound year. This component includes:

1 One week residential program at Rend Lake College; students will be housed in RLC apartments located south of campus.
2 Five weeks of classes (Monday through Thursday) at the Rend Lake College campus. Classes include Math, English, Foreign Language, Lab Science and various electives intended to promote academic success. Students may receive one college credit hour per Upward Bound class.
3 Career Internships (Fridays); students who have completed the 10th or 11th grade are given the opportunity to job shadow a professional at an approved internship location.
4 Monthly summer stipend based on student’s grades, participation in classes, attendance, activities and career internship.
5 End of the year reward trip to a major city which include campus tours, special events, cultural and recreational activities.

 

Summer Bridge Component ▼

The SUMMER BRIDGE COMPONENT gives students who have graduated from high school the previous semester the opportunity to attend classes at RLC campus. This component includes:

1 Enrollment in up to six (6) college credit hours paid for by RLC Upward Bound.
2 Paid books and fees for summer RLC classes
3 Monthly stipend based on student’s grades in college classes.

 

Eligibility


Any student - ages 13-19 - attending Benton, Hamilton County, Zeigler-Royalton or Mt. Vernon high schools who has completed 8th grade but has not yet entered 12th grade is eligible.

Also, students must meet one or more of the following guidelines: ▼

1 Demonstrate the academic potential and desire to complete a college degree.
2 Meet income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education.
3 Be a potential first-generation college student (neither parent having a bachelor's degree).
4 Is a citizen or national of the United States.
5 Is in the U.S. for other than a temporary purpose and provides evidence from the Immigration and Naturalization Service of his or her intent to become a permanent resident.

Services Provided


1 Academic instruction in college-prep math, lab sciences, English, foreign language and computer classes
2 Individual tutoring/counseling sessions
3 Career counseling, financial aid and college application assistance
4 College campus vistis
5 Cultural and teambuilding actiities/field trips
6 Test prep assistance

All activities are provided at NO COST TO THE STUDENT.

 

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Dear Student Applicant:


Thank you for your interest in the Rend Lake College (RLC) Upward Bound Program. At the bottom of this page is a link to the Upward Bound application, recommendations and student essay that we must have from you to be considered for our program.

Please submit the COMPLETED forms to your guidance counselor, or an Upward Bound staff member, along with a copy of your high school transcript. Upon receipt of your completed application forms we will contact you regarding your application status.


We look forward to hearing from you soon! Please call the RLC Upward Bound office with any questions at (618) 437-5321.

Sincerely,

Leah Stallman, Director (ext. 1366)
Beth Hoffman , Student Advisor Benton and Zeigler/Royalton (ext. 1219)
Marcia Whitehead, Program Specialist (ext. 1236)
Deidra Traylor, Student Advisor, Hamilton County and Mt. Vernon (ext. 1365) 

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Upward Bound Resources


SCHOLARSHIPS


- Fast Web Scholarship Search http://www.fastweb.com/
- Ron Brown Scholar Program http://www.ronbrown.org/
- Scholarships on the Net - 1500 links http://advocacy-net.com/scholarmks.htm
- The Jackie Robinson Foundation http://www.jackierobinson.org/
- Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) http://www.rmhc.org
- The Gates Millennium Scholars http://www.gmsp.org
- Federal Student Aid homepage http://www.studentaid.ed.gov
- Home Page U. S. Dept of Education http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
- Wired Scholar http://www.collegeanswer.com
- Scholarship Coach http://www.scholarshipcoach.com/
- The Sallie Mae Fund http://www.thesalliemaefund.org
- College Tool Kit http://www.CollegeToolkit.com

COLLEGE SEARCH SITES


- ACT College Search http://www.act.org/college_search/fset_col_search.html
- College Board http://www.collegeboard.com/
- College View http://www.collegeview.com/
- Peterson's http://www.petersons.com/
- The Princeton Review http://www.review.com/
- U.S. News http://www.usnews.com/usnews/home.htm
- College Net http://www.collegenet.com/
- College Tool Kit http://www.CollegeToolkit.com
- MatchCollege - http://www.matchcollege.com

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