Educational and Leadership Opportunities

Educational and Leadership Opportunities

Upward Bound offers participants a number of unique and challenging opportunities that are available only to Upward Bound and TRiO students. To be considered for participation in these events, you have to work hard academically, complete homework, attend classes regularly, meet with the Upward Bound staff regularly and, whenever necessary and if possible, get tutoring. If you are meeting our expectations, you may be selected to participate in some of the following events.

National TRiO Day Celebration

Whenever possible, Upward Bound sends juniors, accompanied by staff, to a regional conference in February. Selection for this weekend event is based on academic standing, ability to assume responsibility, leadership qualities and desire to attend. This conference allows participants to visit regional colleges and learn about other TRiO programs (UB Math-Science, Talent Search, Student Support Services and GEAR UP).

New England Student Leadership Conference

A three-day event held annually in September. Participants are selected based on the ability to assume responsibility, demonstrate leadership qualities and desire to attend. This conference allows participants to learn from and share experiences with other Upward Bound and Talent Search students from New England.

Sailing and Hiking

Each year Upward Bound tries to identify and offer unique personal leadership training experiences. These have included seven-day ocean sailing trips and three-day mountain camping/hiking trips. Selection is based on an essay and/or recommendation of faculty and staff.  Upward Bound covers all room and board and travel expenses.

Scholars Bowl

The Green Mountain Scholars Bowl is held annually in the spring. Upward Bound selects teams to join in the friendly competition.  Selection is based on interest, academic standing and continued participation. The prize for the winning teams is scholarship money for their programs.

Sophomore Summit

This is a day long conference for sophomores held at the University of Vermont in the fall. Since this occurs on a school day, sophomores must be in good academic standing to be selected.

Greening Summit

This competition, co-sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders, takes place in November and requires a team of students to write and then present to a panel of expert judges their unique plan for ways to make their school or community more environmentally friendly. The prize for winning teams is scholarship money or funds to implement their project ideas.

Three For All College Tours

This is a day long conference intended for freshman and sophomores held at the University of Vermont, Champlain College and St. Michael’s College. This event is held in late spring. Students attend workshops on transitioning to college and student life on campus. Only students in good academic standing may attend.

John F. Kennedy Leadership Conference

This leadership conference takes place at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. It brings together TRiO students from all over New England for a day filled with workshops, a tour of the Museum and inspirational guest speakers. This conference takes place over April vacation and we usually bring 5 students and visit a college or museum during our trip.


Rick Williams, Director