Providing fundamental support to participants as they prepare for college
Supporting the dream of higher education for all students, regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstances
The Simpson College Upward Bound program strives to provide individualized assistance and opportunities for students in grades 9 - 12 to succeed in their high school performance and ultimately in their college pursuits. This is done through intensive advising services, rigorous and nurturing academic support and culturally enriching activities.
52Students served each year
1999When Upward Bound started at Simpson College
6High schools served in Des Moines and Warren County
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.
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.
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:
Jennifer Beal, Upward Bound Director
(515) 961-1479 firstname.lastname@example.org
Reahnna Singleton, Administrative Assistant
(515) 961-1210 email@example.com