Upward Bound

Upward Bound, Trailblazers!


The UNT Dallas Upward Bound program provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program also provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and in their pursuit of higher education. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families or families where neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate in which participants complete their secondary education, enroll in college and graduate.

  • Targeted Academic and Social/ Emotional support for High School Students currently residing in Low Social Economic areas with low Post Baccalaureate Completion Rates.

  • Additionally, the student attends schools with High Drop Out and/or Low College Going Rates.  


Upward Bound Projects 

Upward Bound provides academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, work-study programs, education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; and programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited or English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youth, students who are in foster care and/or are aging out of foster care system or other disconnected students.

Mission Statement

University of North Texas at Dallas: Empower. Transform. Strengthen. UNT Dallas Empowers Students, Transforms Lives, and Strengthens Communities.

Federal TRIO Programs:  Federal outreach program and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low – income individuals, first – generation college students and individuals with disabilities to progress from middle school to post baccalaureate programs. 

UNT Dallas TRIO Programs: Develop Students’ Academic, Emotional, Ethical, Physical and Social Skills for Transformational Impact in Life, School and Leadership.  


The Federal TRIO Programs - Upward Bound Program began in 1964 through the Economic Opportunity Act to address the High Poverty Levels within our country. To address additional student needs not taken in consideration with the initial programming for our most disadvantaged students; our Federal Government provided expanded resources via Talent Search, Ronald E. McNair Scholars and Educational Opportunity Centers to create extension programs to ensure student access and completion of Undergraduate studies.    

The TRIO Programs at the University of North Texas at Dallas were designed to support the academic development of students within our partner schools of Dallas ISD and surrounding school districts. The programs which will be provided include but will not be limited to:

  • Upward Bound – Targeted Academic and Social/ Emotional support for High School Students currently residing in Low Social Economic areas with low Post Baccalaureate Completion Rates. Additionally, the student attend schools with High Drop Out and Low College Going Rates. 

  • Ronald E. McNair Scholars – Targeted Academic and Social/ Emotional Support Low income, 1st Generation College students and/or Underrepresented Post – Baccalaureate Groups i.e. African – American, Hispanic and Native American students

  • The TRIO Programs at UNT – Dallas will be integral partners with our Partner School Districts by providing services to their underserved students of promise with intentional programs that support the holistic development of their students. The goal is to provide a vision, framework and detailed plan for each student to successfully attain a High School Diploma and Collegiate Degree in order to become active participants of our society.

Program Design

The identified campuses for the partnership are Dallas ISD (Lincoln, Sunset, Seagoville, Kathryn Gilliam and South Oak Cliff HS) and Lancaster ISD (Lancaster HS). These campuses have a collective 52.13% rate of College Going which is well below the State (56.9%) and National Average (62.5%). TRIO Program expectations and support of Academic Performance, Extracurricular Activities Participation, Community Service and College/ Career Readiness will be guided through a seamless alignment of experiences, expectations and engaging tasks that will support each students’ holistic growth. Opportunities for all students within the UNT Dallas TRIO Program at the campus and within the community will included but are not limited to:

  • Academic Advisory Support and Enrichment
  • College Readiness – Guidance and Information
  • Saturday Academic and Cultural Enrichment
  • Summer Academic Learning Extension
  • Financial Aid Workshops / Support
  • Parental Workshops and Meetings
  • Test Information and Preparation – PSAT, ACT and SAT
  • Mentorship
  • Speakers Bureau
  • Book Studies
  • Community Service and Engagement

Expected Student and Campus Outcomes

As participants within the UNT Dallas TRIO programs, students are expected to demonstrate increased success with their Academic Performance, Increased Attendance Rates, High School Completion and Successful Preparedness/ Completion of College coursework. These will be measured each year by the Texas Education Agency (STAAR exams), PEIMS Data and College Entrance / Completion Rates for all students within the program. Beyond the standards set by the state; we will measure the holistic development of our students through their Academic, Social and Emotional growth at their respective campuses. 

Program Goals and Expansion Expectations

The ultimate goal of the UNT Dallas TRIO Programs is to support the Academic, Emotional and Social Development of our students from High School through Collegiate Completion. Students identified for inclusion within our TRIO Programs should be students who have a demonstrated a strong will to succeed in spite of their challenges with Academic Performance, Attendance and/or Lack of Collegiate History within the families. TRIO Program (Upward Bound and/ or McNair Scholars) participants are students who are in need of Encouragement, Guidance and Support to meet and exceed the  into College Graduates prepared to the growing demands of our Global Society.

Contact Information

TRIO Programs
Phone: 972.338.1892

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Nayely Martinez De Lima

Assistant Director Upward Bound 2

(South Oak Cliff HS, Seagoville HS and Lancaster HS)

Phone: 972.338.1890
Email: Nayely.Martinezdelima@untdallas.edu

Anacleto G. Contreras, M.A.

Assistant Director Upward Bound 1

(Sunset HS, Kathryn Gilliam and Lincoln HS)

Phone: 972.338.1891


Upward Bound Application

The ultimate goal of the UNT Dallas TRIO Upward Bound Programs is to support the Academic, Emotional and Social Development of our students from High School through Collegiate Completion. Candidates considering our Upward Bound Program must be committed to their personal preparation for success within High School and Post-Secondary Education.  We look forward to supporting you through our TRIO Upward Bound Programs. Should you have any questions, please contact the Upward Bound Office at (972) 338-1600. A necessary step is mailing these forms. Before returning these forms, please review the Application Checklist. All supplementary documents must be submitted to be considered for admission. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. Please allow 1-3 weeks for processing. Once all application documents have been received, an Upward Bound staff member will contact you with further information.

Upward Bound Program
7300 University Hills Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75241

Application Checklist

Application for Admission

Upward Bound Student Handbook

Upward Bound Packing List

Student Needs Assessment

Parent/Guardian Income Verification

Teacher Recommendation Form

Counselor Recommendation Form

Medical Consent Form 

School Records Release Form