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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 college-bound low-income or first-generation 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 and selected public high schools (George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Okkodo, Simon A. Sanchez, Southern, and Tiyan) 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. 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 2.5 or greater.
  • Student must be a 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grader at a public high school.
  • Student must be a citizen of the United States, Northern Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, or other U.S. trust territories or be a permanent U.S. resident.


Download the TRiO UB Application Package for SY 2018-2019.

NOTE: Deadline for SY2018-2019 Enrollment is October 31, 2018.

University of Guam Upward Bound Superlatives

UB Students receive their Superlatives Awards.

University of Guam Upward Bound SLC debate

UB students address an issue during the UB Student Leadership Conference Debate.

University of Guam Upward Bound Island Girl Power Community Service

UB students help out Island Girl Power as part of their community service activity.

Caption: UB students working on Math problems as part of their Standardized Test Prep Workshop.

UB students work on math problems as part of their Standardized Test Prep Workshop.

Caption: TRIO Director, Yoichi K. Rengiil, encouraging UB seniors to go to college.

TRIO Director, Yoichi K. Rengiil, encourages UB seniors to go to college.

Free Services and Benefits for UB Students!

  • Bi-weekly afterschool tutoring
  • Help with college and financial aid applications
  • Career and college prep activities
  • Financial aid/financial literacy information and application assistance
  • Off-island educational programs
  • Six-week summer program with high school credit at UOG
  • Self-development activities, including field trips, study skills, and MORE benefits!

For more information, see our brochure.

For inquiries or interested applicants, please stop by UOG Calvo Field House, Upward Bound Office or call (671) 735-1991/1992/2245. A map to our office can be found here. You may also email Yoichi K. Rengiil, Director of TRiO Programs at, OR Rowena T. Andrade, UB Assistant Director at


UB Summer 2017 Activities

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 doctorate 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 GVB Presentation

UB students take a group photo with presenters from the Guam Visitors Bureau.