TRIO Upward Bound Program

Empowering pre-collegiate students with the academic, personal and professional skills needed to graduate high school and succeed on the post-secondary level.

Trio Upward Program Graduates

Program Participants


Grade Students at Graham High School and Person High School


Funds Awarded

Program Services

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Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction

Upward Bound (UB) scholars gain access to free tutoring in a plethora of subjects after school and at bi-weekly Saturday Academy Sessions.


Academic Coaching and Counseling

UB staff members and UB mentors provide one-on-one and small-group support and guide students academically, personally and professionally.

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College Prep Assistance

UB scholars receive assistance completing college applications, developing personal statements, completing the FAFSA and developing skills that will make them competitive applicants.

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Financial Literacy Education

UB offers program participants the opportunity to learn about budgeting and saving, investing, credit, loans and strategies to help promote effective financial stewardship.

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Standardized Test Preparation

UB scholars can receive both financial assistance and academic skill-building assistance to prepare for PSAT, SAT, ACT and end-of-course exams.

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College and Cultural Tours

UB scholars have the opportunity to visit various local, regional and national colleges to find the perfect college for them.

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STEM Workshops

UB students can participate in workshops, summits and information sessions about various STEM careers and skill development.

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Conference Travel

UB scholars participate in local, state and regional conferences to promote student development and peer networking.

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UB provides mentors to students to help them transition into high school and into college.

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Leadership Development Programs

UB offers programs and activities to help students develop leadership skills.

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Community Service Opportunities

Students can gain community service hours for graduation, scholarships and college applications by volunteering with UB.

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Family Nights and Workshops

Both UB scholars and their family members can participate in family nights to learn new skills, experience fellowship, and have fun.

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One thing I love about the Upward Bound program is its commitment to helping first-generation and low-income students succeed in their pursuit of higher education. The program provides academic support, mentorship, and valuable resources that help students to achieve their educational and career goals. The TRIO program also allowed me to travel to different parts of the United States and gave me lots of opportunities. I’m very proud to say that I’m a former Upward Bound student.

JhNyiah Moss
Person High School
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The UB program is amazing! From the staff, trips to new places, and even the true college experience. But the one thing I’ve enjoyed the most was meeting so many different people and making so many new friends even with the staff. This program has guided me in so many ways and has truly impacted me in and outside of school. I would recommend this program to anyone! Thank you, Upward Bound!

Gavin Caviness
Graham High School
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As a parent, I love Upward Bound because it provides invaluable support and opportunities for my child’s academic and personal growth. Watching them thrive in a supportive environment fills me with pride and hope for their future. As the saying goes, 'With Upward Bound, the sky’s the limit for our children’s dreams.'

Ebony Carver
UB Parent

Summer Enrichment Programs

Career and Professional Development Center

Summer Jump Start Program

The Summer Jump Start Program is a 6-week program that allows students to visit NCCU during the day to gain academic, personal and professional skills.

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UB Residential Academy

The UB Residential Academy is a 3-week program that allows students to stay on campus at NCCU and participate in academic, personal and professional development activities.


  • US citizen
  • 9th–12th-grade student at Graham High School or Person High School
  • First-generation
  • Low-income household


  • Underrepresented
  • Interested in attending college

Application Portal

The Upward Bound Program is currently accepting students on a rolling admission. Spaces are limited, so apply now!

For questions or concerns, regarding the NCCU TRIO Upward Bound Programs, please email [email protected] or call 919-530-6325.

For information about TRIO's Upward Bound Privacy and Data Policy please visit the Upward Bound Privacy and Data Policy site.


Ceballos, Jaime

College & Advising Specialist

Student Services

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Chenault, Tyrin

Program Assistant, GHS TRIO Upward Bound

Student Services

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Foxworth, Mia C

Student Development Coordinator

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Freeman, Zamaiyah K

Student Development Coordinator

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Gray, Terrell T

Business Officer

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Kabia, Abdul H

Executive Assistant

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Murray, Dekendrick

Executive Director for Student Access & Success

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Taylor, Ja'Quez

Assistant Director, Graham High TRIO Upward Bound

Student Accessibility Services

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