1. Attend Information Session
Interested candidates and their parents/guardians must attend an information session in English or Spanish for a short overview of our Upward Bound Program.
**Attention Prospective Students/Parents - due to the Coronavirus closures, restrictions, and continuous changes/updates, if you are interested in joining Upward Bound, please complete the online application. We have scheduled two Information sessions in October. Both will be virtual and scheduled as follows:
- Thursday, October 15, 2020; in Spanish @ 3:30p; English @ 5:00p
- Thursday, October 29, 2020; in Spanish @ 3:30p; English @ 5:00p
Once we have received your completed online application, a Zoom link will be sent to you. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact: Kimberly Balderrama: 949-824-9145, firstname.lastname@example.org, OR Julie Lindo: 949-824-3563, email@example.com.
Thank you for your patience during this time!!
2. Know Your Eligibility
Prospective Students must
- be a current 8th, 9th, or 10th grader who is attending either Anaheim, Katella, or Loara High School in the Anaheim Union School District.
- be a U.S. citizen or a Permanent Resident.
- have a minimum 2.00 overall GPA and be recommended by a teacher or counselor.
- be planning to attend college after graduating form high school.
Prospective Students must also fulfill one of the following:
- Family Income Eligibility
- To be financially eligible, prospective students must meet the federal family income guideline established by the U.S. Department of Education (federal family income guideline are subject to change)
Size of Family Unit Family Income 1 $18,735 2 $25,365 3 $31,995 4 $38,625 5 $45,255 6 $51,885 7 $58,515 8 $65,145
- * For family units with more than 8 members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,630 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $8,295 for Alaska; and $7,620 for Hawaii.
* The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.
* The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register on January 11, 2019.
- Family Educational Background
Potential first generation college student means:
- (1) An individual neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate degree - OR -
- (2) A student who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one natural or adoptive parent and whose supporting parent did not receive a baccalaureate degree.
3. Complete Program Application
Please following the steps carefully:
- 1. Create a Gmail Account
- If you already use Gmail, you may use your existing account. However, the program recommends that students use email addresses that look professional so that it can be used when applying to colleges and scholarships in the future.
A professional email address is usually a combination of the students First, Last, and Middle Initials. For example, a professional looking email address for a student named "Joe A. Student" could be:
- Tip: If you have to use numbers in your email address, try to avoid using your birthday, year of birth, or graduation year.
- 2. Complete the Upward Bound New Student ONLINE application via Google Form.
- - DUE DATE (extended to): Friday, October 30, 2020
- 3. Write a Personal Statement and email it to: UCIUpwardBound200@gmail.com through your Gmail Account.
- DON'T STRESS OUT! The purpose of the personal statement is not to test or evaluate your writing ability. Your writing ability will not factor into our decision to accept you into the program. The purpose of the personal statement is to give you the chance to tell us more about yourself to help us determine if you can benefit from Upward Bound services. There is no minimum or maximum length for the paper. Just tell us about yourself using your own words.
4. Attend Orientation Meeting
- 1. Check Your Email
- Once you have completed the online application, AND we have received your Personal Statement, an email will be sent to your Gmail account with more information and an invitation to attend an Upward Bound program orientation meeting.
- 2. You, and at least one parent/legal guardian, MUST attend ONE of the program orientation meeting in order to be considered for the program.
- 3. You MUST bring with you the following documents to the Orientation Meeting:
- * A copy of your Transcript *
- You can get one from your school counselor.
- * Parent/Legal Guardian's most recent Income Tax Form *
- (IRS Tax Form 1040 or 1040 EZ)
- If parent/guardian does not file income tax, please provide a letter describing the family's financial situation and source(s) of income, such as:
- Social Security
- Welfare Benefits
- Veteran's Benefits
- * A copy of student's social security card *
If you have concerns or questions about providing any of the documents above, click here.
- * Schedule of Classes *
- Click here to download the Schedule of Classes form.
- * Recommendation Form *
- Click here to download the recommendation form and ask a teacher, counselor, or another adult who knows you well to complete it.
5. Student Interview
- After the program orientation meeting, students will be contacted for an one-on-one interview.
- The interviews will take place at your school site during school hours.
- Interviews will typical take about 10 minutes, and will play a big factor in the final selection process.
- Students should print out and complete the Pre-Interview Worksheet to prepare for the interview.