TRIO Upward Bound

Upward Bound (UB) is a federally funded program through the Department of Education that supports 60 students each year in their preparation for college admission. At Azusa Pacific University, UB provides holistic programming to potential first-generation to college students from Azusa High School who demonstrate academic potential. UB Scholars receive services that help them identify their strengths, explore their purpose, and thrive in academic and social settings. Further, UB Scholars graduate high school with the ability to navigate postsecondary institutions and persevere through adversity. As a result, UB Scholars will be empowered to advocate for themselves and achieve their educational goals.

Am I Eligible for Upward Bound?

To be eligible, the applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and enrolled at Azusa High School.

In addition, each applicant must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a potential first-generation to college student (i.e., neither parent has a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year university)
  • Demonstrate financial need according to federal government guidelines
  • Demonstrate a need for academic support

If you have questions regarding your eligibility, contact Upward Bound at

How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying to the TRIO Upward Bound Program at Azusa Pacific University please send an email to or call our office at (626) 815-6000 ext. 2871. Applications are released to Azusa High School students based on program availability.


Three times a year, TRIO Upward Bound produces a newsletter to communicate milestones, successes, partnerships, and outcomes with our community and partners. The most recent issue is available electronically below.

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