Summer Program 2023
TRIO Upward Bound Services


Academic Year Services

The Sandburg UB program offers several 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 the lunch hour. Topics of discussion at these meetings range from academic skill development to college and financial aid assistance. Upward Bound staff meet with students outside the school setting at least a few times each month.  A College Saturday event on the Sandburg campus is held monthly, 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-Thursday, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with program staff in the UB offices.
  • Fri.- 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. 

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

  • Mon. (9th) GHS  Fresh (12:50-1:10); KHS (9:50-10:28)
  • Tues. (10th): A-Town (11:25-11:52/12:38-12:58); GHS Soph(12:50-1:10); KHS (9:50-10:28); ROWVA (2:30-2:55)
  • Weds. (11th): ; GHS Jr. (12:50-1:10)
  • Thurs. (12th):  GHS Sr. (12:50-1:10)
  • Fri.- No weekly meetings are scheduled for Fridays this year.

Sandburg UB participants must also complete 8 hours of community service each program year.  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.

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 community service opportunities. Courses 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, 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 June and July, and participants can work up to 15 hours per week with their employer.  UB staff will arrange a professional internship based on a student's academic and career interests within the UB target area.  Students gain valuable career insight as part of their summer opportunity and can 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 can take up to three (3) credit hours for free at the program's host institution.  The Summer Bridge program provides an excellent opportunity for newly graduated seniors to build on their college experiences and complete credits with the support of the UB staff.

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.

Applications are due on Friday, March 31, 2023 @ 5:00 pm for Fall 2023 program enrollment.

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

TRIO Upward Bound Staff
Program Director: Christopher Williams 


Phone: 309.341.5448












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

Discrimination Policy


The College, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator, complies with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, Age Discrimination Act, and Title II of the ADA.  It is the policy of the College that no person, on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (sex), sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran's status, or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law shall be discriminated against in employment, in education programs and activities, or in admissions.  Title IX Coordinator Michelle Johnson, 309.341.5258; ADA/Section 504 Coordinator: Stefani Gillen, 309.341.5262.


Carl Sandburg College Upward Bound 
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Location: Main Campus E136
Phone: 309.341.5448
Hours: M-F; 8 AM to 5 PM

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.