Upward Bound students spend six weeks commuting to classes on the University of Washington campus each summer. Classes run daily from 8:30 A.M. until 3:30 P.M., with a lunch break. The summer component is especially important because it affords students the opportunity of experiencing the academic and social atmosphere of a major university. Upward Bound students attend classes in the same buildings as regularly enrolled University students.
Students are eligible to earn stipends, lunch money, and bus tokens/passes while attending the summer program. Learn more about stipends for this program.
During the summer program, staff arrange for a variety of special events that include field trips and an Awards Ceremony. During the Awards Ceremony, families and students are all invited for an evening of refreshments, the presentation of student awards and the viewing of class work. This ceremony is traditionally well attended and is the high point of a successful and intensive summer program (See our Upward Bound Gallery page for event pictures by year).
Some of the UW Upward Bound Students will also apply for summer out of state Math/Science Centers. Students who participate will spend six weeks at one of the Math/Science locations that include California, Florida, Idaho, Hawaii and Alaska.
TRIO Quest is both a national and international Web Competition that students may also participate in during the summer component. These competitions give students hands on experience in research, writing and and web designing. Prizes in TRIO Quest include financial awards for the student’s college tuition.