Upward Bound offers a unique community of study and play, of personal search and group concern, developing anew each summer on Wittenberg's picturesque campus.

Upward Bound is a pre-college preparatory program that is designed to motivate and provide academic skills for students from first-generation college and low-income families who are interested in pursuing an educational program beyond high school.

Our Mission

There are many different components that make up the Upward Bound Program. At Upward Bound, people live, work and learn together inĀ an atmosphere that is very supportive and dedicated to producing free-thinking individuals. Upward Bound at Wittenberg University conducts, each summer, a residential program for first-generation college and culturally diverse high school students who have the potential to succeed in college, but may need motivation, encouragement, strengthened basic skills, or a sense of how education can become meaningful in their lives. The program in one dimension emphasizes preparation in English, math, foreign language, literature, reading, study skills, and laboratory science, but offers courses in other areas, as well. In addition, there are many activities, trips and other experiences designed to help students grow and mature.

Upward Bound is neither a traditional summer school nor a summer recreation program. It is a place in which a unique community of study and play, of personal search and group concern, develops anew each summer, with the nature of each summer dependent upon what each student and staff member brings to the common sharing of life and thought.

Upward Bound Staff Members

Contact Information:

Hollenbeck Hall 112
(937) 327-7535

Phyllis Swanigan

Mrs. Phyllis Swanigan
Program Director
(937) 327-7537

Ester Carr

Ms. Ester Carr
Assistant Director
(937) 327-7539

Ashley Clarke

Mrs. Ashley Clarke
Academic Career & Education Coordinator
(937) 327-7538

Lisa Blevins

Lisa Blevins
Administrative Assistant
(937) 327-7535

Eddie L. Chambers

Mr. Eddie L. Chambers
Former Program Director (Retired)
Grant Writer/Database Manager
(937) 605-3031

Michelle Atha

Mrs. Michelle Atha
Parent Advisory Board President

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Who is Eligible to Participate in Upward Bound?

  • Students who are recommended by teachers, counselors, social service agencies and others and are well acquainted with their academic potential for success in college.
  • Students either from low-income families or with parents who have not received a bachelor's degree.
  • Students who are citizens or nationals of the United States.
  • Students who are permanent residents of the United States.
  • Students who are enrolled at Springfield High School, located in Springfield, Ohio. However, other students from local area high schools will be considered provided they live within the City limits.
  • Students who are in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade.

TRIO Upward Bound Facts

  • An estimated 2 million students have graduated from college with the support and assistance of our nation's TRIO Programs.
  • TRIO graduates predominately attend four year colleges.
  • Students in the Upward Bound program are four times more likely to earn an undergraduate degree than those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program.
  • Students in the TRIO Student Support Services program are more than twice as likely to remain in college than those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program.

Send mail to echambers@wittenberg.edu with questions or comments about this web site or the TRIO Upward Bound program.

Postal Address: Upward Bound Program
Wittenberg University
P.O. Box 720
Springfield, Ohio 45504
Wittenberg Upward Bound Program

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