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Summer Program

Summer Program

Upward Bound students during the summer program

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Upward Bound Summer Program will be a hybrid program. The first four weeks will take place online. 

All current Upward Bound freshmen, sophomores, and juniors must complete the summer program intent form by May 10, 2020 to indicate whether they plan to attend the summer program. Those planning to attend the summer program must also upload an essay and have parent permission to attend. 




About the 2020 UB Summer Program

The 2020 WKU Upward Bound Summer Program will be held June 14-July 17.

Upward Bound will host a hybrid summer program. This will be a non-residential with the first four weeks taking place entirely virtually. The fifth week is scheduled to be a day camp (if safe to do so). (We will follow state, federal, and institutional guidelines to ensure safety of all students and staff.) The sixth week of the program (the trip) will be held during fall break.

All participants have access to Chromebooks. Students with insufficient internet access should notify their counselor as soon as possible. Staff will still be visiting home counties weekly to provide food, supplies, and necessities to students. We will also provide supplies to participants (lab materials, textbooks, etc.). We will still do crafts, games, and other activities to entice students to participate. 

In addition to internet access, meals, and other fun stuff, we will be providing stipends to students who successfully complete the program. (Stipends may be prorated for lack of attendance, behavioral concerns, and/or insufficient academic effort.)

Summer 2020 Benefits

  • Further develop skills in math, science, Spanish, English composition, literature, and the arts/humanities to ensure they are better prepared for college.
  • Further develop new social and personal skills, and build life-long friendships
  • Explor career options.
  • Learn more about college admissions and financial aid processes.
  • Have fun while participating in culturally enriching activities.
  • Get free stuff. UB students get backpacks, water bottles, umbrellas, grammar guides, and other essentials.
  • (Summer 2020 Only) Students can receive up to $180 for participating and successfully completing the program. 

Summer 2020 Frequently Asked Questions 


How much does it cost to participate in Upward Bound?

Nothing — there is no cost to you.

Can I work and participate in the summer program?

Yes, you can work on weekends and evenings. 




Where is the fall break trip? 

Upward Bound staff are monitering the covid-19 pandemic. The trip destination will be determined in the near future. 






March 15

Summer Application Deadline

All current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors must complete the application indicating whether they will attend the summer program. 

May 4

Summer Parent/Student Orientation

All students planning to attend the summer program must attend an orientation session. Students must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Staff will review summer program information, schedules, expectations, and discuss necessary program paperwork. This meeting will be held online via Zoom.

May 10

Commitment Deadline

Students have until May 10 to cancel their summer application without penalty. 

June 14

Day One

Students will break into teams and get to know one another.

June 15-July 10


Students take five core classes.

July 13-17

Day Camp

Students will participate in academic workshops and cultural activities while practicing social distancing. (This week will be converted to an online program if it is not deemed safe to meet in person.)


Summer Program Trip

 An all expenses paid trip to a major U.S. city. Destination TBD. All students who successfully complete the summer program, and earn a 2.5 GPA in their summer classes are allowed to attend the trip. 

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 Last Modified 9/22/20