The Upward Bound Program at UMF, started in 1980, serves 139 high school students from rural west-central Maine. Serving low-income high school students who will be the first in their families to obtain a college degree, we seek to help students develop the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school. This involves assistance in a program of academic instruction, college, financial aid and career counseling, tutoring, community service, and cultural activities aimed at high school success and college enrollment.

The program operates year-round. During the school year, services are offered at the high schools and on the UMF campus. An intensive six-week residential program takes place at UMF during the summer.

The University of Maine at Farmington Upward Bound Project thoughtfully identifies, recruits, and selects participants for the program. Interested students can call the Upward Bound office or contact their guidance counselor for details.

UMF Upward Bound is a TRIO program and is administrated by the University with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

UMF Upward Bound students receive:

  • Intensive academic instruction in mathematics (through advanced calculus), composition, literature, laboratory science, foreign language, and study skills
  • One-on-one academic, financial, and personal counseling
  • Personalized assistance in completing college admissions tests, college admissions applications, and financial aid and scholarship applications
  • Instruction in college planning
  • College visits
  • Career education, exploration, and experience

Learn more about our program from this student-made introductory video!

Interested in applying? Complete an eligibility form here.

Contact us:

Director of TRIO Programs, Lynn Ploof-Davis