TRIO Upward Bound- Tempe

Project: Research project

Project Details


Arizona State University at the Tempe campus requests funding for an Upward Bound grant program. The need for such a project is strong due to the target schools (1) lacking the services and activities provided by an Upward Bound project, and (2) having a population of low-income and potential first-generation college students from which to draw. The combination of an urban/rural environment, lack of adequate funding for pre-collegiate programs, and low state commitment to education all contribute to high dropout rates, low high school graduation rates, and low postsecondary enrollment rates within the target schools/area.
The project is designed to serve 142 low-income, potential first-generation college students (annually) from four (4) target high schools Alhambra High School, Carl Hayden High School, Cesar Chavez High School, and Maryvale High School. The project will provide intensive academic skill and personal development support within an academic-year component consisting of supplemental instruction and tutorial sessions during two 16-week semesters plus biweekly Saturday sessions and a six-week summer component which includes a one week residential experience plus a one week non-residential transitional experience for rising college freshmen. The project's mission is to prepare participants to not only enter but successfully complete a program of postsecondary education. The ASU Tempe campus Upward Bound Project has accepted this challenge to help students attain of a baccalaureate degree.
The assurance of success for this project is greatly enhanced by Arizona State University and community support and commitment. Due to this solid commitment, the applicant feels confident to address the competitive preference priorities: Increasing Likelihood that Students will Complete High School and Enroll in and Complete a Program of Postsecondary Education.


The project will place participants in summer internship positions with the goal of reaching underrepresented students in STEM fields. Positions involve scientific research and a focus on policy, business, and government relations. With the assistance of a new summer part-time hire (i.e., STEM Internship Coordinator), participants will receive an intensive twelve-week (i.e., 3 summer months) assignment to jumpstart their studies in STEM fields and careers as well as develop their potential for future opportunities. Participants will work side-by-side with leading scientists, engineers, and other top professionals to develop career skills and enhance leadership capabilities. Overall, these summer internships will encourage STEM careers and aim to increase learners engagement, interest in STEM and their perception of its value to their lives
including their ability to participate and affect STEM fields.
Effective start/end date9/1/178/31/22


  • US Department of Education (DOEd): $3,216,392.00


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