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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 advisement, 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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Our Programs 

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.
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 three (3) 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.



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/advisement sessions
3 Career advisement, financial aid and college application assistance
4 College campus vistis
5 Cultural and teambuilding activities/field trips
6 Test prep assistance

All activities are provided at NO COST TO THE STUDENT.


Director - TRIO Programs
Phone Extension: 1366
Building: South Oasis
Office: 112
M.S., Murray State University B.S., Murray State University
Upward Bound Program Student Advisor
Phone Extension: 1219
Building: South Oasis
Office: 109
B.S., Southern Illinois University
Upward Bound Student Advisor
Phone Extension: 1365
Building: South Oasis
Office: 108

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note iconStudent Support Services is a grant developed in 1965 under Title IV of the Higher Education and Cooperation Act and is administered by the U. S. Department of Education. There are over 900 Student Support Services programs serving college students nationwide. Rend Lake College was awarded a TRIO Student Support Services grant for the first time in 1997.


Upward Bound
(618) 437-5321 Ext. 1236/1219/1365
Email Upward Bound
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Upward Bound
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Upward Bound