The TRIO Upward Bound Programs are hosted by the University of Montevallo and housed in the Division of Academic Affairs and are 100% funded by grants from the US Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education. UM has hosted an Upward Bound program since 1986, In 2017 the university received three grants totaling $897,386 per year for five years for a total of $4,486,930:
- Upward Bound – $369,512 per year to serve 78 high school students in Bibb and Shelby Counties
- Upward Bound – $263,938 per year to serve 50 high school students in Chilton County
- Upward Bound Math/Science – 263,936 per year to serve 60 high school students Bibb, Chilton, and Shelby Counties
Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math/Science are Federal TRIO Programs that provide the intensive college preparatory support to potential first-generation college students and/or economically disadvantaged youth to help them successfully complete high school and enter college with the skills to succeed. Upward Bound provides supplemental education, tutoring, ACT Prep. career exploration, academic counseling, assistance with scholarship and financial aid applications, and many other services for qualified students who want to go to college.
Upward Bound Math/Science provides all the same services that Upward Bound provides but places special emphasis on preparing students who are interested in pursuing degrees and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. The program provides special STEM symposiums with UM math and science faculty, opportunities to assist UM students and faculty with research, job shadowing and internships in the STEM fields, and intensive supplemental education and tutoring in high school math and science subjects.
Because the programs are funded through the US Department of Education, all services are provided without charge to the program participants and their families