TRIO Upward Bound

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Students in the classroom
Students sitting in pews wearing the TRIO Upward Bound t-shirts

To our participants and partners,

Due to the continuing uncertainty regarding COVID-19 and when it may be safe for group activities to resume, Case Western Reserve University has made the difficult decision to cancel all sponsored summer youth programs, including the 2020 Upward Bound Program.

Though we are still a month away from the beginning of these programs, it is simply too difficult to predict how the pandemic will evolve in the coming weeks. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution, and with the health and safety of our participants and their families in mind.

We understand how valuable these summer experiences are for youth in the Greater Cleveland community, and we truly regret the disruption this pandemic continues to cause to our lives. We are exploring opportunities to deliver our summer program virtually this summer and we have a tentative start date of June 8, 2020.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out at

Providing educational opportunities for high school students

Welcome to the TRIO Upward Bound Program at Case Western Reserve University. The Upward Bound Program is a federal pre-college TRIO Program in the Division of Student Affairs. We encourage you to learn more about our program and invite the participation of eligible participants.

Upward Bound is the oldest pre-college program at Case Western Reserve, having been established in 1966. The Upward Bound Program at Case is funded to serve 113 students from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

We are committed to providing access to postsecondary education to low-income and potential first-generation college secondary school students, beginning at the ninth grade through the 12th grade. Through services provided by our program, which include academic assistance, counseling and advising, academic instruction, tutoring, college planning and placement assistance, cultural activities, internships, community service opportunities, and career exposure during the summer and the school year, we aim to increase the number of underrepresented individuals obtaining a four year college degree.