Summer Program 2023
TRIO Upward Bound Services and School Schedule


Academic-year services

The Sandburg Upward Bound (UB) program offers several services to its participants throughout the school year:


Upward Bound staff meet with program students at their schools of attendance during a free period or the lunch hour. Topics of discussion at these meetings range from academic skill development to college and financial aid assistance.


A college Saturday event on the Sandburg campus is held involving topics related to college success. Upward Bound also offers its students off-campus experiences each month, including college visits, trips to museums, theater performances, etc.  



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

  • Monday through Thursday: 5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with program staff in the UB offices.
  • Friday: No tutoring sessions are held on Fridays. If you need help, please use Brainfuse or send a Remind message to one of the staff members. 
  • 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 typically offered at each partner school provided at each partner school (scheduled to be released).
  • GHS 21st Century Tutoring after-school program. 




  • KHS freshman and sophomores: 9:58 a.m. to 10:28 a.m.
  • GHS freshman: 2:35 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.
  • GHS juniors: 2:35 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.
  • KHS juniors and seniors: 9:58 a.m. to 10:28 a.m.
  • GHS sophomores: 2:35 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.
  • AAHS Lunch A: 11:25 a.m. to 11:52 p.m. (Stay at the school.)
  • AAHS Lunch B: 12:31 p.m. to 12:58 p.m.
  • ROWVA: 2:30 p.m. to 3:05 p.m.

Thursday and Friday

  • Scheduled make-up (if needed)

Mandatory volunteer hours

Sandburg UB participants must also complete (minimum) 16 hours of community service each program year to be in our program:  

Students can either participate in Upward Bound volunteer activities or 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 positively impacting other individuals. In addition, many scholarship opportunities require mandatory volunteer hours.


Mandatory Summer Program


Once committed to the Carl Sandburg College Upward Bound Program, attendance is mandatory in the summer program.

  • For freshman and sophomores this will entail six weeks of summer enrichment at Sandburg.
  • For juniors this will be an internship over the summer. If you are eligible, but not chosen for an internship, the director will determine a suitable project for your summer program.
  • Seniors will be required to take Psychology 101, summer melt and summer bridge.
Students may only miss three days — excused or unexcused. Missing activities must receive prior approval by the Upward Bound staff; requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.


Students are expected to participate fully in all activities, classes and projects. Students will participate in assessments, including but not limited to, assessments of learning objectives, assessment of program satisfaction and assessment of academic performance.


Stipends will be awarded at a daily rate for participation. Stipends may be reduced as a result of a disciplinary action or for failure to turn in required internship materials.


Upward Bound provides bus transportation to all students participating in the Summer Program. Transportation will be provided to and from all of our target high schools. Parents/guardians are responsible for transportation to/from the target schools at designated pick-up and drop-off times.

Additional permissions

Photos and videos from the program may be used in Upward Bound marketing materials and with our educational partners' promotional materials including, but not limited to, newsletters, social media, news stories and websites.

Upward Bound application package
Recruitment information

TRIO Upward Bound is currently recruiting students for the 2023-2024 academic year. 8th-, 9th-, 10th- and 11th-grade students are encouraged to apply! We serve Galesburg, Knoxville, Abingdon-Avon and ROWVA high schools.

As of August 2023: 

With a few open spots available to join our program at this time, we are currently taking applications for a limited time. If you're interested, apply now!

Application QR Code

Please do not hesitate to contact our office with questions regarding the application process, eligibility, or deadlines. 

Meet our UB staff


Acting Program Director: Autumn Scott
Vice President of Student Development

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401



Program Advisor: Ashley Lee
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401







Program Advisor: Patrick McGee
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401









Carl Sandburg College Upward Bound 
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Galesburg campus, E136
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Discrimination policy


Please refer to our discrimination policy for specific details.



Carl Sandburg College Upward Bound 
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., E136
Galesburg, IL 61401
Hours: Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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