Upward Bound

Upward Bound

Upward Bound is one of MTC’s TRIO Programs federally funded by the US Department of Education designed to provide support services to high school students (grades 9 – 12) in order to prepare them to graduate from high school, enroll in college, and graduate from college.


  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must be a potential first generation college bound student
  • Meet established income guidelines
  • Attend an Upward Bound target high school
  • Willing to participate in academic and summer components
  • Interest in attending a four-year college
  • Enrolled in a rigorous high school curriculum


  • Additional academic instruction held on Saturdays
  • Participants are eligible to receive $15.00 stipends
  • Four week residential summer program at USC/MTC
  • Academic Tutoring
  • College tours
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • Financial and economic literacy
  • Information on financial aid and scholarships
  • Mentoring

Enrollment Process

Students interested in applying should contact their high school guidance office during the school year or the MTC Upward Bound office at 803.822.3384. Students in grades 9-11th may submit program applications throughout the school year.

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Target Schools

Airport High School Swansea High School 
Batesburg-Leesville High School Swansea High School Freshman Academy
Fairfield Central High School White Knoll High School
Pelion High School  

Upward Bound Components

Academic Component

During the school year, Upward Bound provides instruction in math, science, english, foreign language, and personal enrichment courses on Saturdays. These courses assist Upward Bound participants through tutoring and additional lessons. Upward Bound participants also have the opportunity to attend SAT/ACT workshops, financial aid workshops, career planning workshops, cultural events, and college tours.

Summer Component

During the summer, Upward Bound students participate in a four-week residential program. Upward Bound participants live in residential halls at the University of South Carolina and enroll in high school courses and electives taught at MTC by high school and college instructors. Upward Bound participants have the opportunity to get a head start in their academics over the summer and also participate in job shadowing and career mentoring. The summer component gives students a first-hand experience of college life.

Bridge Component

This component provides an opportunity for recent Upward Bound high school graduates to enroll in a college credit course the summer before they attend the college of their choice. While participating in the Upward Bound bridge component, students receive college credit, participate in community services, work-study position and prepare for transition to college.

Contact Us

Airport Campus
Lexington Hall, Room 166
(803) 822-3384

Name Title Email
Sinitra Johnson Project Director johnsonsn@midlandstech.edu
Tanya Martin Academic Counselor martint@midlandstech.edu
Jami Lynn Harrington Program Assistant harringtonj@midlandstech.edu

Contact Us

Airport Campus
Lexington Hall, Room 166
(803) 822-3384 

Sinitra Johnson 
Project Director 

Tanya Martin 

Jami Lynn Harrington
Program Assistant