History of Upward Bound
LBJ State of the Union War on Poverty Video
- Since 1964 more than 2 million students have participated in Upward Bound.
- In 1964, 17 Pilot programs were funded, 2,061 students participated.
- In 1964, approximately 1,500 Upward Bound students graduated high school; 80% were admitted to college in 1965 and 69% graduated with a bachelor's degree.
- Today, 964 programs are funded with more than 80,000 students participating.
- The likelihood of Upward Bound students going to college immediately after graduation increases by persistence in the program from 77% at two years to 93% at three or more years.
- A student from top quartile of family income is nine times more likely to earn a bachelor's degree than a student born into the bottom quartile - 73.3% compared to 8.3%.
- Upward Bound has some well known alumni.
- Oprah Winfrey
- Angela Basset - actress
- Viola Davis - actress
- John Quinones - ABC News correspondent
- Donna Brazile - political strategist