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Upward Bound

Upward Bound (UB) is a Pre-College Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the purpose of assisting eligible high school students who plan to pursue a college education.  Since 1995, Sinclair Upward Bound has provided services and activities oriented towards high school graduation and college readiness.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Sinclair Community College Upward Bound Program is to increase the likelihood that participants successfully graduate from high school and go on to enroll in and complete post-secondary education.


We envision a program that employs best practices to provide intensive, individualized advising, connect students to resources, and implements equitable curriculum, programming, and interactions to ensure student success.

  • Weekly After-School Tutoring
  • Saturday Sinclair Campus Instruction (Twice a Month)
  • Test Prep: OST, ALEKS, WritePlacer, ACT
  • College Visits
  • Cultural Activities & Overnight Trips
  • Community Service Projects
  • Career Readiness
  • Educational Technology
  • Summer Programs
    • Internships
    • Six-Week Summer Academy Program for Continuing High School Students
    • Summer Bridge – Recent High School Graduates Earn College Credit and Receive Support Transitioning to College

Program Size:

Sinclair’s Upward Bound serves 149 students each year.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • First-generation college (neither parent has earned a four-year degree) and/or
  • Low income
  • Belmont HS, Dunbar HS, Meadowdale HS, Ponitz HS, and Thurgood Marshall HS
  • New applicants must be enrolled in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade



Application Dates:

Year-round acceptance


Diana Peterson, Project Director | | 937-512-2294
Shelby Aukerman, Data and Resource Coordinator | | 937-512-2331
Nika Commodore, Academic Advisor | | 937-512-2204
Kanesha Scott, Academic Advisor | | 937-512-4480
Kristen Branch, Part-Time Academic Advisor | | 937-512-2379
Gregory Payne, Part-Time Academic Advisor | | 937-512-2407