The Academy is comprised of two programs working together:
Upward Bound Math-Science
Upward Bound Math-Science empowers eligible high school students to prepare to earn a university level bachelor’s degree immediately after graduation from high school in a STEM field within six years. Students receive academic advising in small groups year-round at their high schools and on the NAU campus. The Academy portion of UBMS provides students’ academic access to strengthen their study skills in math, science, English, Latin and Greek and to develop academic college-prep habits coupled with recreational activities and leadership from college students acting as significant life role models. Currently, 166 Upward Bound Math and Science programs are serving students throughout the world, financed entirely by the U.S. Department of Education. UBMS is funded by grant award #PO47M120101
For half a century, Upward Bound has improved access to college for students from groups traditionally underrepresented in post secondary education. This federally funded grant program serves high school students who are potential first-generation college students (neither parents received a bachelor’s degree) or from low-income families. Through academic instruction, personal advising, mentoring, cultural enrichment, and work-study, Upward Bound aims to increase the rate at which participants complete their high school education and enroll in and graduate from college.
The two programs are Federal TRiO outreach programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (TRiO). All told, there is a network of eight TRiO outreach and student support programs with the shared mission to assist individuals with progressing through the academic pipeline from middle school through post-secondary programs. Eligibility criteria include low-income, potentially in the first-generation in the family to earn a bachelor’s degree, or eligible for disability support services. The eight TRiO Programs are: Talent Search (TS), Student Support Services (SSS), Upward Bound (UB), Upward Bound Math-Science (UBMS), Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC), Veteran’s Upward Bound and McNair.
NAU’s Student Affairs department continues to successfully receive funding and refunding since participant improve as a result of these local programs which contributes to receiving TRiO grants. Currently NAU has six of the eight TRiO Programs. Two of these TRiO programs contribute substantially to The Academy (UB and UBMS). Additionally, the Nizhoni College Prep-Academy partners with Talent Search.