Welcome to PSU TRIO Pre-College Programs

Upward Bound

Who we are


Upward Bound, a college preparation program for high school students, has been hosted at Portland State University since 1980. Upward Bound, funded by the U.S. Department of Education at $503,544, is a year-round program designed to improve students' academic and study skills in high school, to develop their career and educational plans, and to help them enter and succeed in higher education.

Who we serve


Upward Bound serves 108 low income, first generation high school students from the following schools or school neighborhoods: Jefferson, Madison, and Roosevelt High Schools. To date, 95% of our students stay in our program through high school graduation and since 2008, 52% of these students have graduated from college.

What we do


All students receive:

  • Academic guidance and counseling on a year-round basis
  • Tutoring in high school courses
  • A rigorous 6-week summer academic program
  • Assistance with career/college planning and financial aid
  • Opportunities for summer work-study positions (up to $900 for the summer)
  • Opportunities to visit colleges and explore careers

Eligibility 

Upward Bound serves students who attend Jefferson, Madison, and Roosevelt High Schools. UB can also serve students who live in these three neighborhoods but attend non-neighborhood schools in the PPS district. Students must:

Be enrolled in 9th - 11th grades 
Have a minimum 2.75 Cum GPA
Be willing to participate in all aspects of Upward Bound


Program Links

Application - English/Spanish
Fact Sheet - English
Outcomes and Objectives

Talent Search

Who we are


Talent Search is an educational access and information program sponsored by Portland State University since 1967, and funded through the U.S. Department of Education at $407,141.  Talent Search assists low income and first generation students in learning about careers and college majors in higher education.

Who we serve


Talent Search serves 685 students in the Portland School District (George MS, Roosevelt HS; Ockley Green MS, Jefferson HS; Roseway Heights MS, Madison HS; Lane MS, Franklin HS). A large percentage (over 67%) of our student population is comprised of under-represented ethnic minority students. Since 2000, 85% of our annual high school graduates enroll in college immediately after high school.

What we do


All students receive:

  • Exposure to career opportunities, college campuses, & academic summer programs
  • Workshops relevant to academic courses, study skills, computer skills, career choices, and opportunities for education beyond high school
  • Assistance with SAT/ACT preparation and registration
  • Guidance with college admissions and financial aid applications
  • Referrals to other educational support services and community resources for participants and their parents

Eligibility


A student who is attending our target high schools or middle schools

  • Is at least 11 years old and in the sixth grade.
  • Maintains a 2.50 GPA in Middle School and in High School
  • Qualifies within the income eligibility requirements.
  • Parents or legal guardian did not graduate from a four-year college.
  • Is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Referrals to other educational support services and community resources for participants and their parents.

Program Links

Application - English/Spanish
Fact Sheet - English
Fact Sheet - Spanish
Outcomes and Objectives