Eligibility and Application | Upward Bound Vision Quest


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The following are guidelines to help you determine your eligibility for the Upward Bound Vision Quest program. If you have any questions about eligibility or the application process, contact the academic advisor at your school, or staff at the Upward Bound Vision Quest office. The Staff page will give information on how to contact UBVQ personnel.

Eligible Schools

You must you must attend one of the the following target schools in order to be eligible for the Upward Bound Vision Quest program:

Duluth: Denfeld
Minneapolis: South, Roosevelt, Edison or Wellstone International

Grade level

Upward Bound Vision Quest generally recruits students at the start of 9th grade; however students in the 10th and 11th grades may be accepted if there are openings in those grade levels.

Income and Parental Education

Because Upward Bound was developed to assist low income students whose parents have not received a bachelor's degree, eligible students must meet federal income guidelines and/or have parents who have not earned a bachelor's degree.

Desire to go to college

Because UBVQ is a college access program, a desire to go on to college directly after completing high school is a must. Upward Bound Vision Quest will assist students in applying for colleges that are a good fit for the student, but a general desire to go to college after high school graduation is key.

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming part of the UMD Upward Bound Vision Quest Program, please see the UMD Upward Bound Vision Quest academic adviser at your school or call one of the numbers listed on the staff contact page and ask for an application. Once the application is submitted, staff will review your grades, test scores, and teacher recommendations as part of the selection process. Students are interviewed and parents are contacted before the student is accepted into the program.