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Upward Bound

Providing fundamental support to participants as they prepare for college


Services provided

Upward Bound has two primary components.

Academic component runs on the traditional school calendar and provides tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, career exploration, ACT preparation, college search assistance, college visits, college application assistance, FAFSA workshops, leadership development and cultural events.

Summer residential component runs for six weeks in June and July. Our students live on Simpson’s campus and are provided: academic instruction along with mentoring, cultural enrichment, work-study opportunities, service-learning opportunities, career exploration activities, college visits and field trips. At the end of the summer program, we take our students on a three to five day cultural trip as a reward for successful completion of the academic and summer components of our program.

We also offer our graduating seniors a program called Bridge. This program assists students in a smooth transition from life as a high school student to life as an independent college student.

Schools served

East High School, Des Moines

Indianola High School

Lincoln High School, Des Moines

North High School, Des Moines

Norwalk High School

Southeast Warren High School



An individual is eligible to participate in Upward Bound project if the individual meets all of the following four requirements:


(1) Is a citizen or national of the United States OR

(2) Is a permanent resident of the United States OR

(3) Is in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and provides evidence from the Immigration and Naturalization Service of his or her intent to become a permanent resident.


(1) A potential first-generation college student AND/OR

(2) A low-income individual AND/OR

(3) An individual who has a high risk for academic failure.

(c) Has a need for academic support, as determined by the director of Upward Bound, in order to pursue successfully a program of education beyond high school.

(d) At the time of initial selection, has completed the eighth grade and is at least 13 years old but not older than 19.

The student must also attend or be entering one of the six high schools served by Simpson College Upward Bound: East, Lincoln, North, Indianola, Norwalk or Southeast Warren.

Student Application

Download the Simpson College 2017-2018 UB Student Application and send to: 

Simpson College Upward Bound
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125

Please contact Upward Bound staff if you have any questions:

Caleb Carver, Upward Bound Director
(515) 961-1479 | caleb.carver@simpson.edu

Katie Evenson, Academic Advisor
(515) 961-1860 | katie.evenson@simpson.edu

Reahnna Singleton, Administrative Assistant
(515) 961-1210 | reahnna.singleton@simpson.edu

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