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University of Guam TRiO Upward Bound Program

The University of Guam Upward Bound Program is a 100% federally funded program that aims to generate the skills and motivation necessary for low-income/ first-generation, college-bound students to successfully complete high school and enroll into college.

What is Upward Bound?

What is Upward Bound (UB)?

UB is designed to help 100 high school students prepare for college enrollment immediately after graduation. Participants receive services at the University of Guam (UOG) and selected public high schools (George Washington HS, John F. Kennedy HS, Okkodo HS, Simon A. Sanchez HS, Southern HS, and Tiyan HS) as approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

UB is a national college preparation program hosted by UOG. It is 100% federally funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended). UOG's UB has annual funding of $401,953.00. It is also part of the TRiO Programs, which include Educational Talent Search (ETS) and Student Support Services (SSS).

Eligibility Requirements

  • A student applying for the program must be a first generation (FG) college student and/or come from a low-income (LI) household.
  • Student's cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be a 2.5 or greater.
  • Student must be a 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grader at public high schools.
  • Student must be a citizen of the U.S., Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), other U.S. trust territories or a U.S. permanent resident.


Download the TRiO UB Application Package for SY 2015-2016


University of Guam What is Upward Bound?

Services and Benefits for UB Students!

  • Academic Guidance
  • Academic instruction in English, math and science
  • Career exploration and internships
  • College preparation activities and workshops
  • Cultural trips for eligible students
  • Financial aid and scholarship information
  • Incentives
  • Off-island educational programs for eligible students
  • Six-week summer program at UOG with classes for high school credit, if student meets class grade requirement
  • Social activities and field trips
  • Tutorial Services
  • Use of UB computers, other resources and MORE!

For brochures, please visit public high school counseling offices for applications or contact Upward Bound Office. 
For inquiries or interested applicants, please stop by UOG Field House, Upward Bound Office or call (671) 735-2245/1992.


Upward Bound Alumni Highlights

Mariano T. Mesngon, Ph.D. was selected as a National 2010 TRiO Achievers award recipient. He earned his Biology degree from the University of Guam in 1997 and was helped through that process by the TRiO Upward Bound program at the institution. After earning his Ph.D. in Cell Molecular Biology from the University of South Carolina in 2008, he was selected as the Deputy Chief, Analytical Toxicology and Division Chief, Medical Diagnostic and Chemical Branch of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD).



University of Guam Upward Bound


University of Guam Upward Bound Class of 2015