TRIO Upward Bound Application

The Carl Sandburg College TRIO Upward Bound program is currently accepting application packets for the 2021-2022 school year! Eligible eighth-graders, freshmen, and sophomores are encouraged to apply.

All applications and any requested supporting materials are due to the TRIO Upward Bound office no later than May 14, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.

Click on the link below to complete and submit the online 2021 TRIO Upward Bound Application Packet (recommended fastest and easiest way to submit an application):

You can also access and download our hardcopy 2021 TRIO Upward Bound Application Packet at the link below: 

TRIO Upward Bound

We are currently welcoming applications for the TRIO Upward Bound Program! The application deadline is April 8th, so click on the following application link and apply today!: Upward Bound Application


The TRIO Upward Bound program, which serves Abingdon-Avon, Galesburg, Knoxville, and ROWVA school districts in Knox County, is designed to help high school students excel in secondary and post-secondary education. 67 Knox County area high school students, grades 9-12,  are served by Upward Bound on an annual basis. Once a student has been selected to participate in the program, he or she will continue to receive Upward Bound services throughout their high school career. Limited follow-up services are provided as Upward Bound staff track program graduates as they complete their postsecondary education.

Carl Sandburg College received its first TRIO Upward Bound grant in the Fall of 1999. Upward Bound is a federal grant, originally developed from the Educational Opportunity Act of 1964, to increase the success of first-generation and income-eligible students in post-secondary education. 

Participants of TRIO Upward Bound attend all functions and activities at no cost to them.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States attending high school at 1 of the 4 high schools served in Knox County, IL;
  • Meet income eligibility guidelines and/or
  • Be a first-generation college-bound student (meaning neither parent with whom you reside holds a four-year college degree); and
  • Complete the Upward Bound application process (the Upward Bound application period runs from February to Mid-May): 




TRIO Upward Bound Services

Academic Year Services

The Sandburg UB program offers a number of services to its participants throughout the school year.  Weekly, Upward Bound staff meet with program students at their schools of attendance during a free period or during the lunch hour. Topics of discussion at these meetings range from academic skill development to college and financial aid assistance. Upward Bound staff also meet with students outside of the school setting at least a few times each month.  A College Saturday event is held once a month on the Sandburg campus that involves topics related to college success.  Upward Bound also provides its students with off-campus experiences each month, and these may include college visits, trips to museums, theater performances, etc.  

Academic tutoring is a service offered to all UB participants on a weekly basis.  For the current school year, the tutoring schedule is as follows:

  • Monday-Thursday, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. with program staff in the UB offices.
  • Monday-Thursday, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the UB tutor in the UB offices.
  • Online 24/7 through the Carl Sandburg College Brainfuse tutoring portal.  (All UB participants are provided with a login to access Brainfuse)
  • After-school tutoring is provided at each partner school (scheduled to be released).

For the current school year, the weekly meeting schedule is as follows;

  • Mon. (9th): A-Town (11:32-11:52/12:38-12:58); GHS (10:47-11:09); KHS (9:58-10:28); ROWVA (N/A)
  • Tues. (10th): A-Town (11:32-11:52/12:38-12:58); GHS (10:47-11:09); KHS (9:58-10:28); ROWVA (2:30-2:55)
  • Weds. (11th): A-Town (11:32-11:52/12:38-12:58); GHS (10:47-11:09); KHS (9:58-10:28); ROWVA (2:30-2:55)
  • Thurs. (12th): A-Town (11:32-11:52/12:38-12:58); GHS (10:47-11:09); KHS (9:58-10:28); ROWVA (2:30-2:55)
  • Fri.- No weekly meetings are scheduled for Fridays this year.

Sandburg UB participants are also expected to complete 8 hours of community service each program year.  Students can either participate in Upward Bound volunteer activities or they may take part in community service opportunities elsewhere.  The Sandburg UB program believes that part of being a "well-rounded" citizen is making your community a better place to live and/or having a positive impact on other individuals.

Summer Program

The Upward Bound summer program is a six-week experience that participants attend each year.  During their six weeks in the program, students work on projects, take classes, attend college visits, take field trips, and even participate in some community service opportunities.  Classes offered to participants are in the areas of math, science, English, and foreign language.

Upon the conclusion of the on-campus summer program, Upward Bound will take a trip during the final week.  In the past, students and staff have traveled to New York City, Denver, New Orleans, Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Charleston, etc.  While on the trip, students will participate in numerous activities that may include college visits, museum tours, and theater performances, just to name a few.

As part of the summer program experience, students are paid a stipend based on their attendance and participation.

Rising seniors will have the opportunity to complete a professional internship for their summer experience.  Internships take place over the months of June and July and participants are allowed to work up to 15 hours per week with their employer.  Based upon a student's academic and career interests, UB staff will arrange for a professional internship within the UB target area.  Students gain valuable career insight as part of their summer opportunity and are able to get an early start with their professional networking.  UB interns are paid a stipend for the work hours completed.

Newly graduated seniors can participate in the Summer Bridge program for their summer experience.  Graduates are able to take up to three (3) credit hours for free at the program's host institution.  The Summer Bridge program provides a great opportunity for newly graduated seniors to build on their college experiences and complete credits with the support of the UB staff.

TRIO Upward Bound Staff
Program Director: Christopher Williams 


Phone: 309.341.5448

Program Advisor: Ariel Byerly 


Phone: 309.341.5462










PROGRAM ADVISOR: Kennedy Jackson 


Phone: 309.341.5268





CONTACT US  309.341.5448

Carl Sandburg College Upward Bound 
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Location: Main Campus E136
Hours: M-F; 8 AM to 5 PM


The Carl Sandburg College TRIO Upward Bound program is 100% funded in the amount of $312,480 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.