The GateWay Community College Upward Bound program was founded in 1999 and is one of the TRiO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Program offerings include academic, personal and social support to high school students through their entrance into college. We currently partner with Camelback and North high schools in Phoenix.
Students accepted into this program will receive benefits including:
- Individual advisement sessions to create a personalized success plan.
- After school tutoring and enrichment sessions twice a week at the high school.
- ACT/SAT information.
- Career exploration and personal enrichment workshops.
- Financial aid and scholarship information.
- Career exploration opportunities through interactive computer programs.
- Participation in cultural, social and career-oriented field trips.
- Assistance in improving academic skills through classes in math, science, English, foreign language, computer skills and study skills during the 6 week summer program on campus.
- Assistance with college entrance requirements.
- Learn to develop interpersonal communication skills by meeting new people.
- Earn stipends during the academic year ($40 month) and summer program ($60).
- Participation in the Parent Institute and Financial Aid Night to assist parents with college preparatory information and the financial aid process.
Community Service hours are important for scholarship applications and giving back to the world at large. Students have an opportunity twice a year to participate in various community service activities at agencies throughout Maricopa County.
The Summer Program kicks off with an orientation for the students and parents. Each year in May, the schedule, rules and curriculum are discussed and questions are answered.
Preparing for college is a family event and this is a special time for the parents to learn, discuss and share their feelings and ideas with the presenters and with each other. This is a time for parents and guardians to come to GateWay to take workshops on what is scheduled for their son or daughter in the coming years or months. This takes place in the Spring.
This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and follows its eligibility requirements. Students who meet the following criteria can be considered as a participant after applying.
- Students from North or Camelback High Schools recruited as freshmen or sophomores.
- Must be a 1st generation college student (parent/guardian has not attained a four-year college degree), or meet low income requirements (defined by the federal government standards).
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
- Have a current GPA of 2.25 or better.
- Be a student in need of academic support in high school and have the potential for academic success in college.
- Be between the ages of 13-19.
- Have the motivation to attend college or an equivalent post secondary educational institution.
How to Apply
Contact Upward Bound office at (602) 286-8201
Fall and Spring
Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Thursday:
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.